Just one sound can be complete in itself, for its complexity lies in the formulation of ‘ma,’ an unquantifiable metaphysical space (duration) of dynamically tensed absence of sound.

- from One Sound
Toru Takemitsu

Tracings, for flute and live electronics, explores the changing timbral qualities of single notes and the way that this can be combined to create shifting textures. It reveals how simplicity can harness great colouristic potential in regards to sound, but also creates an aesthetic wash of sound.

This piece traces some of the ideas presented in Takemitsu’s article One Sound as well as in his perception of sound. It explores these ideas in the context of flute and electronics, uncovering the timbral nuances of each gesture in the live flute and combining these to create an ethereal sound world that changes in extremely subtle ways.

For further information on the methodology of this work, please click here.

For a sample of the score, please click here.