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Carol Robinson

The Weather Pieces

Label: Mode

Format: CD

Genre: Compositional

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The set of The Weather Pieces are reflections on the perception  of meteorological phenomena. The listener is immersed in a hybrid sound world, as the line between the live performer and  the computer generated propositions becomes blurred. The musician  follows a score that leaves room for interaction with the computer’s  ever-changing proposals. The works also use the performer’s voice,  using spoken texts to convey inner thoughts and feelings.

Les si doux redoux for basset horn grew out of an idiomatic French  expression. Sometimes, during the harshest winters, there are  moments of sudden warmth, strangely mild days that are called  redoux in French. Les si doux redoux explores discrete changes in the  acoustic field, alternating between icy high notes and lower, more  tender sounds. It evokes the movement from a static rigid cold, to a  warmer, more relaxed and supple state. Unlike the other compositions  on this recording, Les si doux redoux is never violent, but like them, is related to personal perception. Black on Green explores the power of the elements which fascinate us, sometimes leaving an imprint of internalized terror. It grew out of the Carol Robinson's recollections of childhood in South Dakota, remembering how the sky would sometimes turn green. Against this murky background, small black clouds would skitter by. This ominous sky became the theater for tornados and supercell storms, as all sorts of energy seemed to come together in a vast whirling motion. Nothing could be done to stop the progression. A person was either lucky and the destruction passed elsewhere, or not.

Robinson was inspired to write Nacarat, a long virtuosic piece, for guitarist Serge Teyssot-Gay after playing with him for many years. As a rock musician who had always created his own music, he had never experienced this way of working, namely, having someone else write for him. This time Robinson imagined a fantastical hurricane filled with colors. The guitarist moves through a violent mass of sound, gradually reaching the absolute calm of the eye, before being pulled into an increasingly turbulent vortex.

Cat. number: mode 333
Year: 2023