“Sixteen Hollywood Silence” for orchestra
Barrett, G. Douglas
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In the Spring of 2006 I conducted a series of listening performances in which I stood for several minutes on sixteen adjacent street corners in Hollywood and made one sound recording at each location. Eventually, these recordings would comprise a four-by-four grid of sound recordings documenting the area. Sixteen Hollywood Silence is a cycle of works for orchestra in which each of these recordings is transcribed using a process that attempts to replicate the harmonic and temporal structures of each recording, producing a unique orchestral texture for each. Sixteen Hollywood Silence uses a computer analysis and notation program, Spectmore, which, given a sound recording as its source, creates an entire ensemble piece based on an automated analysis of a recording and algorithmic orchestration of its spectra. Sixteen Hollywood Silence proceeds by the logic of a direct relationship between the "external" world and music: the original landscape, its sound recording, the orchestral transcription; finally, the experience of sound via musical reproduction.