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

Yee, Thomas: Romance for Marimba and Smartphone 



Basic information

  • Title: 
    Romance for Marimba and Smartphone
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
  • Year of composition: 
  • First performance (year): 


  • Program notes: 

    Siri. Alexa. Cortana. Google Assistant. From 2012 to today, the technology market
    was inundated with artificially intelligent virtual assistants taking up residence in
    our homes and pockets. As technology improved and became increasingly woven into the
    fabric of our lives, these programs acquired ever more human-like personalities. Romance
    for Marimba and Smartphone envisions society's growing dependence on (or addiction to)
    technology as a complex interpersonal relationship, with all its inherent ups, downs,
    drama, idealizations, misunderstandings, and reconciliations.

    All Google Assistant voice and Android OS sounds used with written permission under a
    Creative Commons License.

  • Technical specs: 

    Performance Notes:
    The text spoken by the Google Assistant voice is provided on the middle staff. Lines
    that provide significant cues and synchronize rhythmically with the meter are provided
    with noteheads. Arhythmic text portions are provided in rectangular boxes in approximately
    the appropriate position. The electronic accompaniment track is shown on the
    bottom staff; only significant cues that synchronize rhythmically are provided.
    After the Marimba player says "OK Google, play some music!" prior to m. 1, the operator
    for the electronics will start the playback.
    The Marimba will need to be amplified and balanced in the mix.
    It is recommended that the Marimba player be sent a channel with a click track or
    electronics with click track in order to ensure best synchronization.
    mm. 160-164: Though notated with feathered rhythms, these measures are intended to
    create a gradual speed-up and slow-down effect corresponding to the dynamic crescendo
    and decrescendo. The player may have considerable leeway over these measures in terms
    of exact tempo and number of repetitions in order to create the desired effect.



Total number of musicians: 



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