- David Berezan
- Year composed: 2011
- Duration: 11:57
- Instrumentation: 8-track fixed medium
Thumbs uses a single plucked sound from a Balinese thumb piano as its primary sound source, subjected to transformations of pitch and grain, and explored in multichannel space. I aimed to reduce the variety of sound-types and materials used in the work as much as possible, while still creating an engaging and evolving soundworld. A number of spoken expressions that include ‘thumb’ came to mind during the composition of the piece (rule-of-thumb, all-thumbs, thumbing through, thumbs-up / down, under thumb). These acted, at some level, as informers upon the work.
Thumbs was realized in the electroacoustic music studios of
- August 12, 2011, David Berezan, diffusion • Sound Travels 2011: Places for Our Ears to Go…, Wychwood Theatre — Artscape Wychwood Barns, Toronto (Ontario, Canada)
empreintes DIGITALes / 2013