Katachi II for violin and live electronics (2011)
Katachi is a Japanese term that means form, shape or figure. In the ancient game of Go, the word Katachi is used to describe the formation of stones on a Go board (Go is originated from Ancient China, where it is known as Weiqi). The conception of stone formation in Go is transformed to apply to the circulation and combination of sounds and timbre in the music.
Katachi II is written for and dedicated to violinist Sally J. Williams. The sounds used in this piece are primarily generated from recorded sounds of the violin and the earlier piece Katachi I for fixed media. Electronic techniques that are employed in creating this piece include delay, ring modulation, flanger and more. The pitch materials are derived solely from an ancient game of Go dated from 1846 between two of Japan's top Go player Honinbo Shusaku and Genan Inseki - one of the most well-known game in the history that is known as the "Ear-Raddening Game."
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