C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

D0 note (18.35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

F0 note (21.83 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

G0 note (24.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

A0 note (27.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

He, Yuanyuan (Kay): On the Pivot of an Abandoned Carousel 



Basic information



  • Program notes: 

    On the Pivot of an Abandoned Carousel, for flute and electronics, is written for flutist Kenzie Slottow. It describes the haunted scene of a carnival that was once a beautiful place full of happiness and joy. Years ago, the calliope, a small simple carnival organ, was a signature of the carnival, representing simple childhood happiness. Here, the flute, which I use to imitate the calliope, becomes increasingly more distorted until it collapses later in the piece. The scene becomes abandoned. The flute and electronics overlap so the audience cannot determine what is real and what is not. This mimics our memories, so as to show the exaggerations and delusions that form in our head. On one hand, the music can recall amazing memories of wonderful experiences. On the other, the music is creepy and haunted. This is the human brain’s ability. Things can be interpreted in a multitude of ways. Experience the mind’s illusionary power.

  • Technical specs: 

    The electronic sounds provide the soloist a great deal of depth of the acoustic filed and a various timbral changing between the live flute and the electronics. All sound files are triggered at the points indicated by the numbers in square boxes by the Max/MSP patch.

    Computer [Mac or PC] with 600 MB free disk space
    Max/MSP or Max Runtime (installed on the computer)
    Max/MSP patch (provided by composer)



Total number of musicians: 
Musicians1st player2nd player
2-channel electronics



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