Natural Energy (with Priscilla McLean, co-composer)

Barton McLean

About this work:

Live-performed stereo sound, with video.  Co-composed with Priscilla McLean for McLean Mix tours of 2008 and 2010.  Utilizes software developed by Barton McLean using the MAX/MSP program, partiocularly the MSP part.  It develops another approach to audio processing (delays, pitch shifting, flanging) built on the same software used in “Autumn Requiem.”  This version of the software utilizes the comb filters in an innovative way in which sharp attacks such as those from spokes of an amplified bicycle wheel activate the resonances of the comb filters, which become pitches in themselves, arranged an various accompanimental beat patterns and sequences.  Instruments employed are small drum, soprano recorder, bowed flexatone, struck and bowed amplified bicycle wheel, thumb piano by Barton McLean, and voice, sop. recorder, turkey call, flexatone, violin, and other percussion by Priscilla.  All sounds are generated live.  No preexisting tape.  Video done by Priscilla with sections by Barton as well, using Final Cut Express.  Premiered at Washington & Lee Univ, 2/8/08. Other perf:  Cleveland State Univ (3/28/08), Truman State Univ. (4/4/08), Missouri Western Univ (4/7/08), Northern Illinois Univ (4/7/08), Hope College (4/10/08), Ohio Univ-Athens (4/15/08), Bradley Univ (4/17/08). Georgia Col & State Univ. (3/29/10), Mt. union Col (4/6/10), St. Johns/St Benedict (4/14/10). Released as a DVD on MLC Publication “The McLeans Mix Three” in 2009.

Natural Energy is available on YouTube at:

My website (where you can find my email as well)

Phone: 518 658 3595

YouTube playlist (with 32 videos and counting)

Also check out my entry in Wikipedia

Although we, Barton & Priscilla McLean, McLean, hold the copyright, we nontheless hereby gladly authorize anyone to make copies and perform the work for noncommercial and/or educational purposes providing that our names are reasonably displayed as the composers.  We do not under any circumstances authorize selecting portions of the work to appear intact in another person's composition, or to appear under any other composer's name, without our written signed authorization.


Version: C & P 2008 Barton & Priscilla McLean
Year composed: 2008
Duration: 00:17:40
Ensemble type: Electronic Instruments and Sound Sources

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