The Garden of Kali
(acousmatic, two channel musique concrète)
Inspired by the Flemish master Hieronymous Bosch’s famous painting The Garden of Earthly Delights, which is intriguingly beautiful, macabre, hallucinogenic and grotesque. The electronic portion consists entirely of recordings of sounds produced by prepared piano – a technique developed by John Cage wherein the piano strings are laced with screws, bolts & rubber erasers, and the strings are strummed, rapped with knuckles, scraped and trounced with mallets. These sounds, thus perverted, were then electronically bent, molded, stretched, splintered and blended into a bumpy sonic landscape.
Ideally the work should be performed in total darkness, and diffused manually over a multi-channel loudspeaker orchestra array.