Cranial Transitions for Soprano Saxophone and Electronic Processing
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Cranial Transitions was written for soprano saxophone and electronic processing to explore the relationship between internally and externally perceived auditory events. The piece, which was recorded for reproduction with headphones, is based on the personal observation that too often our internal representation of musical ideas seems to be more ambiguous and abstract than we share with others. Thus, the external auditory events which symbolize the outside representation of our musical life follow more traditional techniques of arpeggios and melodies, while the internal representation follows more abstract ideas. The internal world is manipulated with electronic processing using a specially designed program, the Intra-Cranial Spatializer. In contrast, the outside world captures the acoustic side of the soprano saxophone. In this case, electronic processing is only used to create a virtual acoustic environment.