Closed Circuit

for clarinet, live electronics and piano

Jeremy Pike

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for clarinet, live electronics and piano

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Composer Jeremy Pike
Year of Composition 1996
Duration ca.9'
Instrumentation Piano, Clarinet In Bb, Electronics
Categories (all composers) ,
Catalogue ID ce-jp2cc1


In this work the clarinet sound is treated with a digital delay line which is capable of transposing its pitch up or down two octaves in real time. Up to three additional pitches are added, sometimes simultaneously and sometimes using a specified delay. Echo and reverberation effects are increasingly employed as the piece progresses. The clarinet and piano parts are derived from two five-note cells which are constantly transposed through the cycle of fifths, each instrument going in opposite directions around what is effectively a closed loop. The title originates from this structural device whilst suggesting images of various applications of the phrase “closed-circuit” which are expressed in the music.