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6 '

loose joints

for 6 players

‘loose joints’ was informed by Arthur Russell’s ‘Soon-To-Be Innocent Fun / Let’s See’ from his only solo album World of Echo (1986). 

Though the piece is not a direct transcription, it attempts to explore components of the sonic world presented both in the track and across the album in general. 

Fundamentally, both the Russell and ‘loose joints’ thrive in the unpredictability and inconsistency of the techniques they employ, creating a broad tapestry of timbral change. The title refers to this idea, that real delight in music comes from a kind of spontaneity resulting from an established order; loose joints between machine cogs generate sparks. 

The piece should be played in the knowledge that inconsistencies of sound will inevitably result; these inconsistencies should be encouraged where possible. 

It is highly recommended to listen to the original track before approaching ‘loose joints’.

[ BFl., BCl., Perc., Vln., Vla., Vc. ]

loose jointsXan Gill
00:00 / 01:04

Full instrumentation:

Bass Flute, Bass Clarinet, Percussion (1 player: Snare Drum, Bongos, Paper, Marimba, Suspended Cymbal), Violin, Viola, Cello


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