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Metricity

  • Adrian Moore
  • Year composed: 2016-17
  • Duration: 11:15
  • Instrumentation: 7.1-track fixed medium
  • Premiere: May 6, 2017, Sound Junction Spring 2017: Concert 2, Firth Hall — The University of Sheffield, Sheffield (England, UK)

Metricity is a concert piece that marries an investigation into pulse and repetition (meter and rhythm at times) – Metric, with a fascination for creating sonic environments (that are often busy, bustling and energetic) – City. Rhythms were found within manipulated soundfiles and constructed, using samplers playing very small sounds. This purposeful investigation took in a wide range of musical influences (Åke Parmerud from the electroacoustic repertoire and numerous commercial artists from EDM to Dubstep). It also incorporated a number of techniques not normally used in electroacoustic music (sidechain compression, use of snap to grid, bass drops and filter sweeps). These techniques led to my discovery of sound ‘icons’ — sounds (and techniques) that define a genre but defy cliché. Metricity led to questions concerning the accumulation and repetition of small sounds, sonic density within a multichannel space, and the nature of embodiment within a sonic environment.


Metricity was composed between May 2016 and January 2017 in the composer’s private studio in Sheffield (England, UK) and in the Electroacoustic Studios of Bowling Green State University (Ohio, USA), generously supported by the Klingler ElectroAcoustic Residency (KEAR). My sincere thanks to Joe Klingler and Elainie Lillios for enabling the residency.