Miki Manabe - beat - time vibration

from Mechanics of Breath by Eva Zöllner, accordion & Heather Roche, clarinets



Miki Manabe - beat - time vibration (2020)
for bass clarinet, accordion and live-electronics

In this piece, the electronic process mixes the sound of the bass clarinet and the accordion with another frequency, in order to modulate the sound and produce beatings. When two mixed frequencies are in a whole numbered relationship, natural harmonics are produced. If they are not in a whole numbered relationship, a complex, inharmonic spectrum emerges. When a sound and another low frequency are mixed, the modulated sound is perceived simply as a sound with beatings. This phenomenon is also produced with a small difference of two frequencies. The musicians play in a relatively free timing. Time, as separated from sound, vibrates with different colors, dynamics and speed. (MM)

MIKI MANABE is a pianist and composer from Japan. She was born in Saitama and received first piano lessons at the age of five. She completed her first musical education at the Omiya-Koryo-Highshool and then studied piano and musicology at the Tokyo College of Music. During her studies there, she received composition lessons. She has taken part in numerous master classes at home and abroad and has won scholarships. Since 2015 she has been studying composition at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts in Germany.


from Mechanics of Breath, released March 20, 2020


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