We Were Just Outside of Barstow
Torchia, Ryan Henry
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We Were Just outside of Barstow is a composition for amplified chamber ensemble and real time computer processing in four channels. The duration of the piece is approximately twenty minutes. The piece requires fourteen instrumentalists, a sound engineer, and a conductor. The instrumentation is: two B-flat clarinets, two B-flat bass clarinets, two alto trombones, one tenor trombone, one bass trombone, percussion battery (crotales set, glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone, five roto-toms, triangle, two iron pipes, three cymbals, brake drum, five temple blocks, three toms, and bass drum), two violins, one cello, and one double bass. The sound engineer is required to trigger cues notated in the score. The instruments are divided by family into four groups, then amplified and processed in real time by a Macintosh computer using a Max/MSP patch designed by the composer. The Max/MSP patch uses conventional sound processing techniques such as delay and reverberation, as well as a variety of spectral synthesis techniques, including an FFT-based spatialization algorithm designed by Ryan Torchia and Cort Lippe.