Voices Over the Buzz and Clatter
for chamber ensemble(2018)
|Commission||Commissioned for the 20th anniversary of MATA at The Kitchen, NYC|
|Premiere||April 10 2018; MATA 20th anniversary, The Kitchen, NYC; Liminar Ensemble|
|Instrumentation||flute/piccolo, bass clarinet, percussion, violin, viola, cello, and double bass|
Voices Over the Buzz and Clatter was inspired by women’s voices being heard above the din. From our immigrant grandmothers to today’s Dreamers; from Emma Goldman to Parkland High School's Emma Gonzalez and the massive protests against guns, violence, and misconduct. Drawing from my grandmother’s immigrant experiences working in the sweatshops of the Lower East Side, and my own experiences researching the sound of industrial environments, I imagined first the odd ambient sounds of a factory at rest, and a constellation of still, ghostly high notes suspended above a web of a shifting low rumbles. Once the machines are turned on and come to life, melodic fragments persist, and rise above the noisy, clattering metal rhythms. Sometimes quiet and measured, sometimes wild and urgent, these messages emerge.
– Annie Gosfield