Swing Bridge
for Clarinet, Audio Processing, Color Video, and Digital Sound .. (1997) .. 5:20

This work requires an amplified clarinet connected to a pitch transposer + reverb unit with 5 programmable presets, preferably the DigiTech TSR-24.

Moderately difficult.

Male African Dancers
Sign: Brooklyn Br Closed All Day May 24 1983
Banner Dancers on Bridge

This concert video is a video-art-music centennial celebration of the Brooklyn Bridge. On May 24, 1983, the span was closed to motor traffic to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Dancers, musicians, and actors performed on and around the bridge all day; that evening, there was a grand fireworks display. This work features processed images of those events.

The music is for solo clarinet with an accompaniment that draws upon various old swing-band recordings. These were cut up into small soundfiles and combined and altered using SoundHack and other software. One such alteration is known as convolution, in which common frequencies are reinforced while others are suppressed. This works interestingly as a way to project a “ghost” of one piece of music onto a totally different piece.

The work was commissioned by clarinetist F. Gerard Errante.

Female African Dancers
Fireworks Behind Bridge Tower
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CCLICK BELOW FOR FLASH MOVIE


Fireworks near Bridge Tower

OPEN PDF FILE OF PERFORMANCE SCORE (150 KB)

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OPEN PDF FILE OF SETUP DIAGRAM AND INSTRUCTIONS

Musician-Programmer David Sabine of Keyano College has created a SuperCollider patch to control the audio processing of this piece. Complete instructions and the patch code may be found on the Swing Bridge page of his web site.

OPEN WEB PAGE SUPERCOLLIDER >> SWING BRIDGE


CLARINETISTS WHO PERFORM “SWING BRIDGE”

Mary A. Druhan
F. Gerard Errante
Lisa McKinney
Thomas Parchman
Allison Storochuk
Robert Zelickman


CREDITS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Production, Direction, Video, Image Processing, Music, Editing: Reynold Weidenaar

16mm Camera: Meryl Bronstein and Tom Lawrence

Image Processing Technician: Hank Rudolph

Clarinet, Composite Version: F. Gerard Errante

On-line Editor: Nils Nichols

Production assistance provided by the Experimental Television Center, which is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and private contributions.

Production made possible with assistance from William Paterson University and the Standby Program at Windsor Video.

Commissioned by and Dedicated to Clarinetist F. Gerard Errante.

Copyright 1997 by Magnetic Music Publishing Co. (ASCAP)