Title: Confricatio Year Completed: 2001 Duration: 8 mins Instrumentation: Percussion Quartet (see below for specific instruments Credits: Commissioned by the Four Gallon Drum percussion ensemble Premiere: 2002 Vancouver, B.C.: Four Gallon Drum
Confricatio was written for the Four Gallon Drum percussion ensemble in association with the Vancouver Composers Collective. It employs superball mallets and proportional notation, a slight off take from his previous works in an attempt to free his music from previous self imposed limitations. Based on a walk along the shores of Lake Erie, the composition transforms the experience into a sound world of rubbed percussion. This composition will be slightly different for every performance because of the indeterminate nature of superball mallets and notation employed. On the top right of each system is a duration marked off in seconds, 0'10", 0'20" and so on. Each half system is approximately 5 seconds and each full system is about 10 seconds. A page will therefore be roughly 40 seconds. Use a stopwatch to stay close to these indications. All events are relative to this scale but have not been precisely marked. Be aware of what others are playing – it is crucial that everyone plays from the score. There will be a tendency to play slow at first. Try to keep up with the stopwatch. If a player falls behind for any reason, they should finish the event they are playing and then enter in a reasonable spot with the other players. Sections where there is a tempo marking usually quarter note = ca. 80 should be played in time, regardless of the other players. When more than one player is playing in different tempo markings, refrain from compromising the time and playing together!
confrication \Con`fri*ca"tion\, n. [L. confricatio, fr. confricare to rub vigorously.] A rubbing together; friction. [Obs.] --Bacon.