Farseer

for clarinet and quadraphonic interactive electronics (for Kyle Rowan) (2009) 9′

  • Premiered => UIUC, Concert of New Music, Kyle Rowan - Clarinet; 3.13.2009.
Program Notes: 

Farseer (2009), for clarinet and interactive electronics and/or fixed media, is a culmination
of the composer's fascination with optics, visions, and, well, things-visual. From considering the vast distances
that we can now see with the aid of various lenses and other imagery devices, to the possibility of seeing into
the future or past (via visions, hallucinations, or devices), the notion of distance and time having a "malleable"
boundary for vision/knowledge/perception is central to the premise of the piece (listening is an analog to
seeing.) By using the clarinet as the sound source for the fixed media elements, as well as having live processing
of the soloist's performance, it is hoped that the melding of materials will have the periodic effect of burring the
perception of source, timing, and space.

Farseer was composed with Common Music (an algorithmic composition environment by Taube), Csound,
Protools, and Max/MSP. Farseer was composed for and with materials recorded from clarinetist Kyle Rowan.