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.
Giant Leaves was the first piece written for my new (second) MIDI sound module. I immediately made use of the rain stick, an exotic flute, and some deep percussionsounds. The melodic voices are tuned to a traditional American blues scale.
-Michael Robinson, December 1999, Lahaina
© 1999 by Michael Robinson All rights reserved
Year composed: 1994
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. Giant Leaves is voiced with samples of the following acoustical timbres using American blues tunings: sicu pipe, esraj, hichiriki, rainstick and Korean, Near Eastern and Latin American percussion.