Date of Award
Master of Music
Dr. Christopher Biggs
Lisa Coons, Ph.D.
Richard Johnson, D.M.A.
Music, electroacoustic, koto, electronics, media
Masters Thesis-Open Access
This collection of three musical compositions for solo instruments and electronics explores the interaction between acoustic instruments and electronic media with a specific focus on musical form. The musical form is apparent due to clear musical segmentations, and the coherence of each work is maintained by the inter-contextual relationships evident in the musical material. Each piece is divided into three parts: beginning, middle, and end. Each beginning sets up a strong relationship between the two media by using closely timed action-reaction gestures. The middle section diverges away from these reactionary gestures, while the ending then brings about a short return of earlier material. Both the electronic and acoustic parts adhere to this structure.
Each piece combines live and fixed electronics with a different instrumental type in order to explore the potential relationships between both media. Live electronics process sound in real time whereas fixed media is a combination of set audio files that sound the exact same way each time they are played. “Tangled Illusions” is written for koto, a plucked stringed instrument, and triggered fixed media. “Empyrean Tides” is written for alto flute, a wind instrument, and a combination of predominantly triggered fixed media and live electronic effects. “Learning to Speak” is written for woman’s voice, a vocal instrument, and a combination of predominantly live electronic effects and triggered fixed media.
Borcherding, Carolyn, "A Collection of Three Pieces for Solo Instrument and Electronics" (2018). Masters Theses. 3429.