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ubu imperator

for trio and quadraphonic digital-audio

This work, through diverse textural settings, explores polyrhythm and polytexture. The progression of the work is towards greater compartmentalization and polyrhythmic distinction between sound sources. This progression, on some levels, functions as a metaphor of the power relations suggested by both textual quotations (from protests and politics), and the works title (from Max Ernst's 1923 painting of the same name). This title, in turn, is a play on the title of Alfred Jarry's 1896 political and social satire, Ubu Roi.

At the same time, this work is a portrait of New York City. Samples of streets in the Lower East Side, of Grand Central Station, of the 6 train in Union Square, of World Economic Forum protests in Central Park, and of the media chatter of post 11 September politicians all capture a view of the city.

Sounds are composed, processed, and synthesized through various tools including the algorithmic composition system athenaCL. Additional processing and synthesis is done with Csound, Max/MSP, SoundHack, and various other software and hardware.

Ariza with KIOKU

Christopher Ariza performing live electronics with KIOKU. More information.