MORTON SUBOTNICK (b.1933): Axolotl for Cello and Electronic Ghost Score (Joel Krosnick [cello]), Ascent into Air for 2 Cellos, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, 2 Pianos, 2 Percussionists and Computer Generated Sounds (CalArts Twentieth Century Players; Stephen L. Mosko [conductor]), The Last Dream of the Beast for Soprano, 2 Cellos, Computer Generated Sounds and Electronic Ghost Score (Joan La Barbara [soprano], Erika Duke, Dane Little [cellos], Mosko [conductor]), A Fluttering of Wings for String Quartet and Electronic Ghost Score (Juilliard String Quartet).
Catalogue Number: 09S059
Reference: WER 7312 2
Format: CD reissue
Description: These works for various instruments and electronics employ Subotnick's innovation of the 'ghost score'. The composer pre-recorded tactile and expressive 'instructions' according to his imagined concept of sounds as malleable objects to be manipulated in time and space. The musicians then play from a literal score, and the live sounds are continuously modulated electronically by the 'ghost score'. This results in changes of timbre and spatial information; for example, a glissando on the cello might be distorted, and shifted rapidly from side to side in the stereo image while continuously mutating in sound. The result is a sense of a constantly mutating, plastic object, writhing and changing color and dimensions in front of the listener. It is no accident that Subotnick's titles so often evoke evolving organisms and biological processes, as these are very much what his eerie sound-sculptures evoke. Original 1981, 1983 and 1985 Nonesuch LP releases.