Dark Yellow

Michael Robinson

About this work:
Between the one year I lived in Maui, beginning in May 1989, to the time I moved to Los Angeles in October 1990, I returned in the Summer of 1990 to the Manhattan apartment where I had lived from 1985 to 1989. This was a very active period, including giving concerts at Saint Peter’s Church, the Knitting Factory and Hunter College, plus two live radio concerts on WKCR FM at Columbia University. My favorite place to visit in New York City was the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a pleasant half-hour walk from my place at 65th Street and First Avenue. (That was a great, quiet place to live and compose, with tenth floor views looking out over the trees of Rockefeller University, the East River and the 59th Street Bridge.) The large, open spaces of the museum, together with its atmospheric architecture, the wonderful variety and depth of its collection, and the festival-like ambiance created by people visiting from all over the world, invariably made for a soothing and stimulating afternoon. One of the most sublime canvases at the Met is Ariadne by Georgico DeChirico, one of my favorite painters. One afternoon during the summer in question, I was sitting and gazing at DeChirico’s masterpiece, when I heard and felt music which was to become the harmonic ostinato for Dark Yellow, named for a dominant hue in the painting. I immediately notated the music on some scrap paper, and when I returned home, I added a through-composed melodic voice with a contemplative and yearning nature, scored for synthesizer.  The ostinato music is for strings, and I also added some spare and disembodied wooden percussion. - Michael Robinson, May 2000, Beverly Hills  © 2000 Michael Robinson All rights reserved
Year composed: 1990
Duration: 00:31:13
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. Dark Yellow is voiced with a synthesizer timbre, synthesized strings, and samples of wooden percussion instruments using equal temperment tuning.

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