Ebor Singers performing Achitexture 1 live | 19.9.2012 | Photo (C) Kippa Matthews.

Architexture 1 | Ebor Singers 19.9.2012 | photo Kippa Matthews (c)

Specially commissioned, this large-scale polyphonic work is for ten voice choir which is spatially distributed.

Over the last few years, I’ve been working on devising some new types of polyphonic process, specifically for vocal music. This piece is the first fruit of some of my recent thinking about overlapping structures, and the wonderful sounds they can create. Polyphony can’t just be a structure or a system – it must appeal to our emotions, must result in singable parts without awkwardness, and provide a whole which is, somehow, more than the sum of the parts. Here are the Ebor singers, directed by Paul Gameson, in a short extract from the 22 minute work. Use headphones and switch to HD mode if you can, as the recording is very spatious.

via Ambrose Field | Composer, UK.

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