liminario  for flute, oboe, clarinet, harp, guitar and celeste.
In the last few years I have been exploring the idea of integration of instruments with the non-anthropogenic sound world of nature and machines. Liminario takes a further step in this exploration, by convolving (electronically combining the rhythm of one recording with the pitches of another) Villa-Lobos’ Sexteto Mistico with a field recording of the Amazon rainforest. The Sextet, which I had performed as a student, had always evoked a mysterious rainforest for me and the idea was to allow literal natural sounds to overgrow the mimetic sound world of the original work. The result was a kind of surreal musicbox of sounds, dominated by the irregular but repetitive calls and chirps of animals. This recording was then “spectrally orchestrated“ by directly transcribing a visual representation of the sounds, a spectrogram, into scrolling music performed by a music box of (also slightly irregular) human musicians.