About this work:
Aqaba is one of a handful of works from 1994 which uses an exotic tuning. Here I was influenced by Jihad Racy, a leading Arabic composer, performer and scholar, who introduced me to Arabic tunings. (This direction was explored more thoroughly beginning with Hamoa in 1995.) Aqaba's melodic voice passes through a variety of keyboard timbres.
- Michael Robinson, December 1999, Lahaina
© 1999 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. Aqaba is voiced with samples of the following acoustical timbres using tunings rich with quarter tones: piano, harpsichord, clavichord, electric piano, bells and percussion. A synthesizer timbre is also used.