Figures in Bas-Relief combines the pitch approach of spectralism with indeterminate notation. All of the pitches for this work were derived from frequency analyses of gongs. Each of these sonorities is extended for some time, with each pitch shared by the ensemble, constantly changing the color of the chord. The ensemble's score allows for much rhythmic flexibility which adds irregularity to the texture. The overall effect is a hazy impression of these sonorities, which are not fully formed.
Instrumentation: flute, clarinet, cello, percussion (vibraphone/marimba - 1 player), piano
Note: the score calls for oboe, but I have a part transposed for clarinet, which I prefer.
Recording by Chamber Cartel (Jessica Sherer, flute; Brandyn Taylor, clarinet; Jean Gay, cello; Amy O'Dell, piano; Caleb Herron, percussion):
• Chamber Cartel, 12/14/12