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overlay (with transience)

by James Saunders

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overlay (with transience) (2014) is a piece for recorded realisation. It asks the performer to make a specified number of sounds
throughout a 15-minute duration. The performer makes many additional recordings over a period of months, each time attempting to
match what was played the first time, but without reference to any of the previous recordings. The piece actively explores the
performer’s memory, and especially the way in which transience–how we forget information over time–shapes the resultant sequence of
sounds. The final recording is a trace of this process.

This version was recorded by Luke Nickel in October/November 2015.


released December 15, 2015

Realised by Luke Nickel (instruments, objects)


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James Saunders Bristol, UK

James Saunders is a composer with an interest in group behaviours and decision making. He performs in the duo Parkinson Saunders, and with Apartment House. He is Head of the Centre for Musical Research at Bath Spa University. See www.james-saunders.com for more information. ... more

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