for a short Western
for acoustic and electronic instruments
Year: 2003
Duration: 5'
First Performance: 13 November 2003 Eyebeam Gallery New York, NY
  heard as part of 1.1 Acre Flat Screen by the e-team
several guitar tracks, 2 alto recorders, djembe, appalachian dulcimer, egg shaker, jews harp, voice, MIDI strings and percussion  

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Program Notes

I created Soundtrack as background music for part of a video project by the e-team, an artist duo comprising Hajoe Moderegger and Franziska Lamprecht. The piece, called 1.1 Acre Flat Screen, is a project involving real estate auctions, land surveying, wild west style adventure, train heists with remote control helicopters, convenience store entrepreunership, and other seemingly incompatible activities. To find out more about the piece, visit the e-team's site here where you can view a transcript of the video.

The e-team created a surreal, "kind-of-classic-cowboy-western" movie (but not really at all) in the middle of their video, and asked me to write some music for it. Franzy gave me a copy of the video on CD that she had mocked up with several Enino Morricone clips. Using the clips as a guide for the musical atmosphere to be created, I made Soundtrack in my home studio using MOTU's Digital Performer, a cheap Sony microphone, and every musical instrument I had at my immediate disposal (see instrumentation list above). The result is nothing like Morricone, but I enjoyed working in the "strictly sound" domain, not using any sort of notation or musical charts- just winging it with a digital recording machine and lots of various noise makers :-)




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