get carter
for stereo playback. 5'

Here I took two chords (the first is at the opening, the second at 47") from Elliott Carter’s early Pastoral for Clarinet and Piano (1945). Carter's piece is notable for being in that early group of works - that include the Symphony No.1 and First Piano Sonata - from before around 1951 when his music shifted from the ‘American’ sound of Copland, Barber, Ives, and Harris to one fully embracing the promises of the European avant-garde. The idea behind my piece was to almost make a ghost or echo of that abandoned American landscape, with a sense of something perhaps still trying to get out. The crux of it all, however, is that I'm making it all with a means - the audio software SoundLoom - that has its very roots in that European avant garde.