in excess

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in excess explores the vast amounts of waste humans produce on a daily basis. This general observation was magnified during my time living/working in China. Excessive packaging accompanied nearly all products in a vain attempt to elicit a feeling of luxury in the consumer. This plastic packaging served as the primary sound producing material. Plastic sounds are put through numerous processes, both sonically and spatially, in an effort to overwhelm the listener just as physical plastic is overwhelming the Earth, particularly the ocean. Waves of plastic swirl around the listener while other plastic sounds have been filtered and colored with pitch; tainted.

This work was written in conjunction with the oboe solo, "struggling". The two pieces can be performed simultaneously under the title, "struggling, in excess". Taking cues from the oboe solo, balloons were used to simulate multiphonics; an important sound character for "in excess". The balloons scream through the din of plastic as their last breaths are extinguished under the weight of our excess.


from Electroacoustic, released July 21, 2017


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Robert McClure Athens, Ohio

Robert McClure composes music for
people and computers. He holds a doctorate from Rice University. He has previously held positions at Soochow University and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Composition/Theory at Ohio University in Athens, OH. ... more

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