Tunnelvision (stereo version)

by Adam Hirsch

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for cello and 7-channel tape

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released July 13, 2015
marissa deitz - cello
adam hirsch - pre-recorded electronics

The inspiration for Tunnelvision came to me as I was riding my bike through the Bunker Road Tunnel, in the the Marin Headlands just north of San Francisco, and began to imagine that I was inside the body of a cello. As the sounds of cars, wind, other cyclists, and my own voice swirled and reflected in all directions, the environment felt like one large instrument: and I felt moved by the tensions between the resonance of that instrument, the sounds activating it, and all the potential sources of interference.

The piece I wrote isn't so much an effort to recreate this situation in the concert hall, but more a reflection on the process of searching for resonance, and often finding it difficult to sustain.

The tape part consists of a "string quartet" composed with recordings of harmonics on each string of the cello, field recordings taken in and around the Bunker Road Tunnel, sounds from the Moog IIIP synthesizer, and convolved combinations of all of the above. The live cello part is modular, allowing the performer to improvise and make real-time decisions about the order of the written material based their experience of listening.

thanks to Marissa Deitz and Chris Brown

recorded + mixed by adam
at Mills College CCM
Oakland, CA
May 2015

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Adam is a composer, saxophonist, and recording engineer based in Oakland, CA.

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