Cyclic Motion

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Cyclic (def):-

    1. Revolving or recurring in cycles, characterised by recurrence in cycles.
    2. of, pertaining to, or constituting a cycle or cycles.

Motion (def):-

    1. the action or process of moving or being moved.

Cyclic Motions is a 16 channel acousmatic work which seeks to explore expectation through the recycling of thematic material explored throughout. The sound materials used within the work, are limited to those previously unused or redundant from previous works- all of which had at some point been destined for the (Mac) Trash.

One of the first sounds that I was attracted to when listening to this previously redundant sound material, was a recording I made of the University of Aberdeen Gamelan ensemble several years ago. Through exploration of this material in the 16 channel studio, I decided that spectrally, this particular recording would be significant to the work. Other material used was derived from material I worked with (but ultimately did not use)in previous works, and recordings of some orchestral rehearsals made over the years.

The work is also a venture into composing 16 channel music. I wanted to explore this format, and investigate its effectiveness in terms of the magnitudes of spatial resolution, depth and polyphony which can be achieved as opposed to other formats such as stereo, eight channels or 5.1.

Cyclic Motions was composed between April and September 2014 in the studios of the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre of De Montfort University.