Sam Gillies (Composer)

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Shelter [2016] - If I may be somewhat cynical for a moment, it strikes me that it can be tempting to treat the inclusion of electronics as an afterthought; an extra element to be added to an already fully shaped acoustic work. In adapting my electronic work Shelter to include instrumentalists, I find this problem to be inverted. Rather than using unnecessary electronics, I find myself wary of adding unnecessary acoustic elements to what I would consider to be an already pretty subtle and understated piece, thus running the risk of weakening the overall experience. It’s a concern, but nonetheless one which I hope to have overcome, embracing the opportunity to transform the original electronic work into something more lively and, dare I say, environmental. The compositional intentions of the original Shelter remain at play here - this version still seeks to address the assumptions of multichannel listening, while affecting an environment of sound in preference to an experience of sound. However, this revised version adds a little bit of much needed chaos, albeit a suitably reserved chaos; a chaos subtle enough to ignore if such is your want. Shelter has been mixed to stereo from 8 channel surround.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherTone List
Media of outputCD
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2018

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