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

Snowden, Steven: Appalachian Polaroids 



Basic information



  • Program notes: 


    Appalachian Polaroids was initially inspired by the controversial portrait photography of Shelby Lee Adams (b. 1950). Though sometimes criticized for perpetuating the hillbilly stereotype of rural Appalachia, I feel that his photographs often illuminate the quiet resilience of these remote mountain communities. In this piece, I chose to create my own musical portrait of the unique mix of hardship and joy that comes with living an isolated rural life. Additionally, this piece draws musical inspiration from Appalachian folk singing styles and the integration of the live quartet with a 1976 field recording of Sheila Kay Adams singing the traditional folk song Black is the Color.

  • Technical specs: 

    This piece opens with a one-minute field recording of a folk singer that is integrated with the live performers. This recording will need to be amplified, however it does not require a large audio system. This piece has been successfully performed only using a small battery powered speaker and an MP3 player.



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



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