blo(o)t was composed for the Holland-based new music consort Ensemble Modelo62. The piece makes use of source material from 3 extant pieces, assigned to 3 sub-groups within the 10-player ensemble. This material is time-extended beyond its natural limits, and also distributed over the entire registral span represented by the work's instrumentation.
These layers of "flesh" are stretched across a skeleton of impulses of varying density in the guitar, harp, piano, and percussion, which trigger new events. As the fleshy layers of the piece unfold and develop identities, they gain autonomy from the impulse-triggers. In parallel, the "skeletal" sub-ensemble transcends its initial functional role, and emits exquisite constellations.
The title encapsulates the English word "blot" and the Dutch word "bloot," meaning naked or exposed. Through the time- and register-extension processes described above, as well as the collision of layers, the surface elements of the source material is smeared, while its internal tendencies are laid bare.
This recording was made at the Darmstadt Summer Courses in 2010.
from Web and Flow,
released October 15, 2018
Ezequiel Menalled, conductor