Viola Power

for viola and interactive media 

(duration ca. 6:46)

premiered by Johanna Beaver at the Electro-Acoustic Barn Dance in 2012.

program note: 

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Viola Power is composed for solo viola and interactive media. The accompaniment consists of three main components: 1) many layers of granular synthesis of the opening few measures of the violin solo; 2) nearly continuous doublings, distortions, and filtering of the solo line that mimic those used by many rock guitarists; 3) percussive outbursts and bass tones created from processing noise-based viola samples (tapping, bow scratching, etc.).

Links:

ViolaPower.pdf 

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Viola Power Software 

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note: 

Violin Power has been recorded by Nicole Paglialonga and commercially released on Music from SEAMUS 25, which is available from numerous sources. It is essentially the same piece as Viola Power, but up a perfect 5th.

audio materials for performance:

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Thank you for your interest in Viola Power.  You have unlimited access to this site for your downloading convenience.  You can download both files as often as you like onto any computer for the purpose of rehearsals and performances of this piece. I do request that you not share your access to this site with others. Please keep in touch. If you do perform Viola Power, I would appreciate knowing about. Send me a program, concert announcement, youtube posting, etc. I hope you enjoy learning and performing my music.  Thanks again.  =m.p.=

Links to Max-based software for Viola Power:

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If you are a Windows user or a Mac user who already has Max or you want the ability to customize the accompaniment software, you will want to download the following zipped folder. Once you unzip the folder, you will find a “Read Me” file in the folder that will explain how to proceed. 

 

ViolaPowerFiles.zip 

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Links to Max software: http://cycling74.com/downloads/

 

NOTE:

Mac users with no interest in customization can instead simply download the stand-alone Mac applications below. 

 

ViolaPower.app.zip

stand-alone Mac application for performance 

for use by both performers and/or technicians helping with a performance of Viola Power. 

 

VP_EasyPractice.app.zip

stand-alone Mac application for easy practice 

performers should definitely download this file for easy practice session at home or in a practice room.