Liquid Study no. 2

for piano and electronics

Liquid Study no. 2 is one of a series of pieces that explore an imagined sonic physics based on the behaviour of fluids. This particular work came about through my admiration for Mario Davidovsky's Synchronisms no 6 for piano and electronics, a piece which itself exhibits fluidity in a variety of musical domains. My composition engages with three aspects of Davidosky's work:

  • An isolated note, G, begins both pieces. This pitch is initially an object of timbral intrigue, but later becomes a reference point to which all other pitches (and actions) are tethered.
  • Tension from the mixture of a familiar and visually-present instrument (the piano) and an unfamiliar and visually-absent sonic force (the electronics). As in Davidovsky's composition, these two forces are continuously intertwined in my work, but friction also comes from the fact that while the piano and electronics share a similar sound world, the electronics perpetually transform the piano's sound in ways which directly contradict its physical capabilities.
  • An intense, sudden and unexpected tremolo. In the Davidovsky it is a climactic moment which acts as a keystone on an arch built out of many disjunct elements. In my piece this gesture is more consequential in terms of form - the tremolo marks a moment where the listener is suddenly plunged into a new medium, more viscous and resistant than before. This watershed gesture irrevocably alters how musical time moves forward.


Credits: Ian Buckle, Piano, 2017

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Ian Buckle, Piano, 2017

Recent/Upcoming Events

6/16/2017 - Lines of Communication will be performed by Mari Kimura, Sam Wells, and Keith Kirchoff at the SPLICE Institute in Kalamazoo, MI, USA. 4/1/2017 - Am I a Particle or a Wave? performed by Nexeduet (Juanjo Llopico and Sisco Aparici) at the Festival de Música Contemporánea de Córdoba on April 1st 2017 in Spain. 3/25/2017 - Am I a Particle or a Wave? performed by Nexeduet (Juanjo Llopico and Sisco Aparici) at the Festival "Flesap" in Segorbe Spain on March 25th 2017. 3/10/2017 - Liquid Study no 2 for piano and electronic sound will be premiered by Ian Buckle at the University of Leed's International Concert Series on March 10th 2017. 6/14/2016 - Open End will be performed by Marc Moreno Albors in Valencia Spain. 3/8/2016 - Dot Matrix Dialect will be premiered by the Pixels Ensemble in the Open Circuit Festival, Liverpool, UK. 3/4/2016 - Liquid Study no. 1 performed the Gildas String Quartet in Manchester UK. 1/28/2016 - hub will be performed by the The House of Bedlam at New Music North West in Manchester UK. 6/4/2015 - open end will be performed by Hamish Upton at the Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne. 4/1/2015 - open end will be performed by Matthew Andreini at the the University of Northern Iowa, USA. 3/13/2015 - open end will be performed by Alex Wier at the University of Denver, USA. 3/12/2015 - open end will be performed by Alex Wier at Adams State University, USA. 3/10/2015 - open end will be performed by Alex Wier at Fort Lewis College, USA. 2/4/2015 - Liquid Etude no. 1 will be premiered by the Arditti String Quartet in California. 1/18/2015 - open end will be performed by Alex Wier at Arizona State University, USA.