1Offshore (2017)8:39David BerezanCycle nautique
Whereas the other works in the Nautical Cycle reference and develop sounds directly from maritime environments, Offshore is constructed entirely from recordings of bass clarinet improvisations by Marij van Gorkom (as part of her SS:ARs project, where composers explore the world of bass clarinet and electronics). A wide range of both idiomatic and extended articulations of the bass clarinet were explored in the recording process and later developed through studio-based transformation techniques. In particular, the sounds of the detached mouthpiece being played are extensively used, in addition to a range of low-pitched resonant sounds. Sonic characteristics were cultivated that led to impressions of distant vessels, micro-ocean texture and climate, upwelling processes and the obscuring of perception, and that also served to create links and references to the themes and materials specifically explored elsewhere in the cycle. As a result of the clarinet source sounds, unique identities for the work emerge, adhering to the concept of the revealing of unique soundworlds hidden within (both figuratively and literally) the instrumental source object. This can be further described, in more vivid and poetic terms, as the ocean of sound that is contained within the clarinet mouthpiece, breath and arising moisture.
Offshore was realized in 2017 at the composer’s studio in Manchester (UK) and The University of Manchester (UK), and premiered on October 28, 2017 during the MANTIS Fall Festival 2017 (Manchester, UK).
- October 28, 2017, David Berezan, diffusion • MANTIS Fall Festival 2017: Concert 1, John Thaw Studio Theatre — Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama — The University of Manchester, Manchester (England, UK)