Impulse Control


for soprano sax, bassoon, electric bass, percussion, and electronics

Commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for the Quux Collective
Live recording by the quux collective

Part 1: Movement 1, 2, and 3

Part 2: Movement 4

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Impulse Control, scored for soprano sax, bassoon, elecric bass, percussion, and electronic sounds, was composed in 2012 for Virginia-based electroacoustic music ensemble 'the quux collective.' The piece toys with the transformation of reverberant spaces into rhythmic material, using the line between space and gesture as a launching pad into more through-composed ideas. Each movement begins with a single percussive sound and re-imagined reverberant acoustic response; the rest of each movement grows out of these initial textures, transforming and diverging in different ways. The title refers to both this formal strategy, as well as the impulsive, spontaneous musical personality of much of the material given to the instrumental parts. Impulse Control was commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University.

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