African Moon

Michael Robinson

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. African Moon begins with a suspenseful electric guitar drone, and adds a mysterious female vocal figure, evocative percussion and a deep male chorus. This builds to a dramatic esraj entrance, followed by trumpet, and concluding with a timbre comprised of various pitched percussion sounds. -Michael Robinson, December 1999, Lahaina         © 1999 by Michael Robinson All rights reserved
Year composed: 1995
Duration: 00:06:11
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. African Moon is voiced with samples of the following acoustical timbres using Arabic tunings: esraj, trumpet, male voices, female voices, electric guitar and Indian, Latin American & Near Eastern percussion.

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