Stereo is King

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Mason Bates

General Info

Year: 20
Duration: c. 14:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Aphra Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



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Program Notes

the percussion trio Stereo Is King, embodies a new electro-acoustic approach. This piece juxtaposes the indigenous and the electronica, two visceral worlds that have surprising similarities and differences. On the surface, they are quite disparate: the dry, mechanical pops and clicks of breakbeat hit your ears completely differently than the rich, resonant sonorities of Thai gongs and Tibetan prayer bowls. But there are interesting ways that, say, West African drumming organizes itself not unlike virtuosic breakbeat rhythms. The charm of jungle and drum ‘n bass is that they superimpose a hyper-rhythmic layer on top of larger, slower-moving structures, and that too can be heard in those UNESCO field recordings of Uruguay tribes. Informed by both of those worlds, Stereo Is King ends up somewhere in the middle. - Mason Bates[1]




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Works for Percussion by this Composer

Sideman - Percussion Concerto - Multiple Percussion; Wind Ensemble
Stereo is King - Percussion Trio; Electronics

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