About this work:
The CD titled Hamoa was a major turning point in my life. All nine pieces on the CD were composed with a new multi-timbral sound module that includes a generous number of world music sounds. In addition, the results of my studies with Harihar Rao, Ravi Shankar's senior disciple, pervade the music on this recording.
The title piece, Hamoa, named after a perfect beach in Hana, features a piano with a Japanese tuning, along with an Indian rhythmic ostinato of seventeen beats during the first section. The second section contrasts the piano with a kaleidoscope of table sounds, and the final section's background is transformed into the sounds of Australian Aborigines.
- Michael Robinson, December 1999, Lahaina, Hawaii
© 1999 Michael Robinson All rights reserved
Year composed: 1995
Ensemble type: Electronic Instruments and Sound Sources:Live Electronic Sound Sources
Instrumentation: ,1 Computer/Laptop soloist(s), ,1 Sampler (Keyboard/Other) soloist(s)
Instrumentation notes: A computer and sound module are programmed to perform the fully notated composition in real time. Hamoa is voiced with samples of the following acoustical timbres using Japanese tunings: piano, tablah, digeridoo and Chinese, Latin American and Indian percussion.