for amplified and processed violin, wolf chaser, optional percussion, electronics, and optional video
In the early summer of 1995, the violinist Robin Lorentz gave me a wolf chaser ― a tool made of whale baleen for scaring wolves in the Arctic. It had been a gift, in turn, from the man who made it, James Nageak. I sampled the wolf chaser and made a recording that slowed the sound down so far that you can HEAR the sampling rate as a rhythm (sort of the audio analog to the jaggies you see when displaying curves at low resolution on a computer.) That recording is the bed for this piece for acoustic wolf chaser, amplified and processed scordatura violin, and optional metallic percussion. In 2008, Vittoria Chierici (with editor Phil Hartley) made a video to accompany live performances of the piece.
Click here for the score of the piece, which includes all the information you need to know about playing it.
You can listen to a recording made in 1995 by violinist Robin Lorentz, with me playing the percussion. (It starts softly, so be careful setting volume.)
Here is a short sample of some of the images from Vittoria Chierici's film, to give you an idea of what it's like.
If you would like to play the piece, please email me and let me know the following information:
- whether you want to do the percussion part live (I haven't yet implemented the percussion processing in Ableton's Live, but can do it easily with a bit of notice.)
- in which format you want the video (DVD or embedded in Ableton)
- proposed dates of your performance(s), so we can figure out logistics for getting you the wolf chaser.