for clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and fixed stereo audio (c. 7')
Turpentine represents an analogy between music and the art of painting in layers. The music begins and propagates from within the piano, gradually being colored by the other trio of instruments. After the gesso is applied to the musical canvas and the underpainting is fully applied within the piece, gradual layers of color are added. These swatches of texture vary in style from small fleeting moments to larger splashes of color. Musical ideas and shapes weave into each other, slightly differing with every recurrence, forming the vibrant tones of paint that play off of each other. Nearing the end of the piece, the listener slowly backs away from the canvas, only left with an impression of what they just experienced.
premiered and written for the Collaborative Composition Initiative workshop (CCI) with Unheard-of//Ensemble
contact the composer for the score and Max patch
recording coming soon