Walk the Dog

1992, 25' for bass clarinet and electronics

Walk the Dog is a one-movement concerto for bass clarinet and tape.  It was originally conceived as an orchestra piece, but as work progressed I realized that what I really wanted was an impossible, world orchestra, one augmented by Gambian koro players, Balinese genggong-ists, and Shona mbira-ists, among others.  This current version, realized in collaboration with Ted Kuhn at his Brooklyn studio, uses samples of both Western and non-Western instruments as well as purely synthetic sounds to approximate this ideal.  As a result, the sonic texture of the piece matches its melodies and rhythms, which are also East/West, electro/acoustic hybrids.  I would like to acknowledge Ted's huge contribution to this project: his ability to create and manipulate the sounds I had in mind made the piece come to life.

2009 revision:
My own Walk the Dog is a one-movement concerto for bass clarinet and tape.  It was originally conceived as an orchestra piece, but as work progressed I realized that what I really wanted backing me up was an impossible, world orchestra.  I wanted an Egyptian film orchestra, Gambian harpists, Balinese frogs and jaw harps.  So I scrapped the orchestral version (it's still never been played) and enlisted Ted Kuhn, a wonderful musician who had both a good sample library (a rarity in those days) and the ear to know what to do with it.   As a result, the sonic texture of the piece matches its melodies and rhythms, which are also East/West, electro/acoustic hybrids.  I would like to acknowledge Ted's huge contribution to this project: his ability to create and manipulate the sounds I had in mind made the piece come to life.

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