Composer: Jenni Brandon
Publisher: Jenni Brandon Music
|I. A single bird singing just before dawn|
|II. Sparse, open; like two birds calling to each other across a distance|
|III. Bird Duet: Competitive birds singing before dawn; like birds flying off in opposite directions, single bird sings again|
|IV. Hazy, like morning mist, a brightening in the sky|
|V. Dawn arrives with a cacophony of song|
This edition consists of an unaccompanied clarinet part and performance instructions. There is no audio accompaniment included; Cacophony is intended for clarinet with two different live effects: a 1-second digital delay and a 2-3 second reverse delay. It was originally written using a Joyo D-Seed Dual Channel Digital Delay effect pedal, though different combinations of pedals or live audio processing software may be used to achieve the same result.
Cacophony was commissioned by a consortium lead by commissioner Christopher Mothersole.
From the composer:
"The inspiration for Cacophony comes from a large, canopied tree on my street. At dawn and dusk, the birds gather here and create an amazing cacophony of birdsong. In this work I wanted to recreate the sounds and textures of this effect by using both the lyrical and rhythmic abilities of the clarinet, but also the color opportunities that the delay pedal offers. You’ll hear a variety of birdsong, from a single bird singing just before dawn, to the back-and-forth calls of birds using the reverse delay. The digital delay creates a sense of duet and birds trying to out-sing each other. Eventually all the birds arrive in the tree to sing, using the digital delay to create a hazy wall of sound as timbral trills break through the cacophony as individual songs of birds."
The work is performed in one movement and is divided into sections with varying delay types (reverb remains on throughout the piece):
I. A single bird singing just before dawn (no delay)
II. Sparse, open; like two birds calling to each other across a distance (Reverse Delay)
III. Bird Duet: Competitive birds singing before dawn; like birds flying off in opposite directions, single bird sings again (Digital Delay)
IV. Hazy, like morning mist, a brightening in the sky (Digital Delay)
V. Dawn arrives with a cacophony of song (Digital Delay)
VI. Contemplative (Reverse Delay, Digital Delay)
A chart of timbral trill fingerings is included.
Performer / Ensemble Link Comments Christopher Mothersole 2022 (2022).
Publisher Code: JB173
Length: 28 cm
Width: 21.6 cm
Thickness: 0.2 cm
Weight: 78 g