- Ned Bouhalassa
- Year of composition: 1996-98
- Duration: 10:01
- Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
Jets was originally conceived for the sound projection system of San Francisco’s Sound Traffic Control (STC). I wanted to write a piece that could demonstrate the potential of automated sound projection. In order to make a dynamic and energetic piece, I chose to use jet-shaped materials. Water, air and dust jets that leave a trace as they move through space would serve as models for the creation of my sonic materials. There are objects in this piece which move freely, in an almost intuitive manner; others flee quickly, like hunted animals; finally, there are those that hurl themselves against the edges of the stereo field, as if they were in a cage. There is also a kind of nostalgia that is found in the more ‘musical’ passages that serves as a setting, as ambience.
Jets was realized at the STC studios (Compound) and at the composer’s studio (Pssssst) with support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ). Thanks to the entire STC team (particularly Naut Humon), Andrew Schinasi (saxophone), Celso Machado (flute) and, for his critical ear, Bruce Gottlieb.