[internal resistance to flow is named viscosity] (2017)
baritone voice, trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet
c. 11-12 minutes
performed at CeReNeM's 2017 Fall Concert Series
Jeffrey Gavett, baritone; Andy Kozar, trumpet; Will Lang, trombone; Carlos Cordiero; bass clarinet
Written for loadbang in the Summer of 2017, [internal resistance to flow is named viscosity] evokes the image of a thick, churning, viscous liquid evaporating into a gaseous imprint of itself. The piece has a strong mechanical grounding that is manifested in the process through which pitch, rhythm, and tempo in particular unfold in the score; layers of process are superimposed and encrusted into each-other, forming a dense, grotesque body of interference through which the limbs of its constituent parts poke out. The text for the work is taken from Guillaume Apollinaire’s series of six poems collectively entitled À La Santé, making use of poems I-IV of said six. The poems were published as part of the Alcools collection in 1913, written after Apollinaire’s short tenure at La Santé Prison (Paris) in 1911. À La Santé contains running themes of both physical and mental imprisonment, vividly capturing both the literal and metaphorical effects of incarceration on the mind of the poet.
This piece is cited in Marc Yeats' PhD Thesis on time-coded polytempic music: