Today marks the net release of Test/Proof, a collection which contains three autonomous parts, Test/Proof for prepared alto saxophone, Construction for Clarinet a text piece, and Chapel Songs, four improvisations for alto and tenor saxophones.
You can listen to and download it for free here:
The audio is the first realisation for clarinet solo, recorded in 2011 at the time of writing. It is made up of four movements or parts (1, 2, 2′, 3) relating to different stages of the piece.
Construction proposes to the performer to engage in a physical analysis of the instrument through deconstruction and its reconstitution during and parallel to a musical activity. For many musicians the construction of the instrument is essentially a daily activity before playing. This ritual or chore is in this case interceded by “playing”. By the time the instrument is constructed, the piece is over – or not; the score is divided by parentheses, one of the intentions could be to suggest only possible courses of action or situations.
Chapel Songs – four improvisations with alto and tenor saxophones in a chapel in oxford in 2008.
Chapel Songs, recorded, mixed and mastered by Jonathan McHugh in Oxford, 2008.