Works Resounding Denis Smalley

Resounding

  • Denis Smalley
  • Year of composition: 2004
  • Duration: 14:45
  • Instrumentation: 6-channel fixed medium
  • Commission: Sonorities Festival with support from the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Resounding was composed as a companion piece to Ringing Down the Sun (2002).

The title Resounding refers to the ringing of resonant sounds, the filling of space with sound, and to the notion of sounding again — as heard, for example, in the cyclic rhythms of resonances, prolonged, decaying, or sent travelling through the “orchestrated” listening space. Spatially, two ideas are prevalent — resonance heard as if from the interior of objects of varying dimensions, and the external resonance of spaces as experienced, for instance, in a large cathedral. The idea of sounding again is also at the heart of the formal progress of the piece, which focuses on the return of materials in changed surroundings. Furthermore, sounds previously encountered in Ringing Down the Sun (2002) and in Base Metals (2000) — the first work of the trilogy — are taken up and given new lives.

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Resounding premiered on April 28, 2004, for the opening of the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) in Belfast (Northern Ireland, UK). It was commissioned by Sonorities Festival with support from the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Thanks to Derek Shiel, whose sound sculptures have provided a never-ending richness of resonant sounds.


Premiere

  • April 28, 2004, Sonorities 2004: Denis Smalley, Sonic Arts Research Centre — Queen’s University, Belfast (Northern Ireland, UK)

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