Perceptions from the highline

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Brian Matthew Koenig (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Alejandro Rutty

Abstract: Perceptions from the Highline is a concerto for electric guitar and chamber ensemble. As a composer and a guitarist, I am constantly searching for new and compelling ways to compose for the electric guitar in conjunction with acoustic instruments. The time-based effect known as delay or echo is commonly utilized in the sonic milieu of the electric guitar. This paper will examine the process of scoring musical ideas generated by the use of electric guitar and delay for an acoustic chamber ensemble within the context of Perceptions from the Highline. Many of the electric guitar sounds utilizing delay were initially observed in the context of rock and popular music. This paper will briefly examine three examples of electric guitar playing featuring the use of delay that were influential to the composition of this piece. Analyzing these delay textures generates new models for scoring and orchestration, which in turn creates a series of ensemble-wide composite textures and melodic lines. Perceptions From the Highline is a one-movement concerto for electric guitar and chamber ensemble featuring electronic delay textures scored for acoustic instruments. The composition is the main focus of this thesis, while the accompanying paper further details the compositional process. The score for Perceptions From the Highline is presented in Appendix A.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2013
Composition, Delay, Electric, Guitar
Concertos (Electric guitar with instrumental ensemble) $v Scores
Composition (Music)

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