Instrument + Electronics

β€œThe musical saw is usually thought of as an instrument of limited timbral and musical scope, but it deserves another look. Its unusual sound characteristics β€” part theremin, part coloratura β€” provide me with a strange and fruitful agglomeration of material to work with when creating the tape part. There are some remarkably accurate speech-like sounds that I used to make up the opening section of this piece; yet they were just the result of running rosined horsehair over contorted metal. The title refers to this wondrous sonic result: the metal being in a state of deformation (flexion), while inflecting these unmistakably human speech-tones (paralanguage).”

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