lingering garden

from by Robert McClure

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lingering garden was written in conceptual collaboration with choreographer Lydia Hance for a series of performances at the Texas Center Asia Society in Houston, TX. The title refers to the specific Chinese classical garden in Suzhou, China where many of the sounds were recorded and whose shapes served as visual inspiration for both music and dance.

One of the most striking features of the Lingering Garden (留园) is the multitude of “Scholar Stones” (供石), which are large rocks that have been carved by nature to make unique shapes. These stones exist in all of the Suzhou gardens. These stones were transported to the gardens and were chosen based on certain aesthetic qualities dating back to the Tang Dynasty. These are thinness, openness, perforations, and wrinkling. These four qualities are the basis for how many of the sounds in lingering garden are processed. Another important quality for the stones was the resonance or ringing when struck and texture, which enter into the piece via sounds of stones or rocks being struck, scraped, or rubbed. Other sounds include those taken from my collection of singing bowls, gongs, and small metal instruments, a large Chinese drum, digging in dirt, and field recordings taken directly from the Lingering Garden in the summer of 2015.


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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