Quirk for bass clarinet and computer


Quirk for bass clarinet and computer
Composed by Eric Honour
Performed by Mauricio Salguero

In much of the music I write, the title comes first and has tremendous impact on the resultant score. When I set out to write a piece for bass clarinet and computer, the word “quirk” came to mind. Something about the sound of it reminds me of the low notes of the bass clarinet, particularly when played with slap-tongue. Messrs. Merriam and Webster define “quirk” as “a peculiar trait.” For me, the word always carries a further, slightly negative connotation, as if these idiosyncratic traits are just a little bit dirty – the sort of thing any decent person would keep under wraps. Nevertheless, as a composer, my quirks are an abiding love of groove and popular music, as well as an on-again, off-again romance with post-minimalist developmental techniques, and something of an infatuation with granular processing. The piece “Quirk” explores all of these in depth. It’s just as well: the second definition of “quirk” is “a groove separating a bead or other molding from adjoining members.” Clearly, even our lexicographers see the links between quirks and grooves.

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