Title: WARNING! Gustnadoes Ahead
Year Completed: 2008
Duration: 6 mins
Instrumentation: Flute and electronic soundscape
Credits: Commissioned by The National Flute Association
Premiere: 2008 High-School Soloist Competition in Kansas City, Missouri August 7-10, 2008

Purchase/Rent: Canadian Music Centre

Gustnado—Colloquial expression for a short-lived, shallow, generally weak tornado found along a gust front. Gustnadoes are usually visualized by a rotating dust or debris cloud." The soundtrack is made up mostly of transformed flute sounds, some of which emulate sudden swirling figures, others a sudden explosion and some granularised: sounds that are stretched in time, or are granules, short and fast. And there are many other transformations, plus a few electronic sounds. The solo flute interacts with these sounds. The score includes the solo flute part and a representation of the soundtrack with timings and other important information. The flute part includes extended techniques such as multiphonics, aeolian sounds, timbre trills, over blowing on harmonics, harsh Ch K Ch k sounds, and of course, ordinary tone production. The piece is loosely in variation form with a flurry of sound in the introduction, then a presentation of the main thematic material, which is further altered and developed.  A quasi recapitulation of the opening ends the piece.

Media Details:

This work uses a 2 channel audio file for the soundscape. The soundscape may be performed using a CD player, MP3 player, or on a computer, etc.

Available on the album “In Sonorous Falling Tones” featuring Derek Charke on flute. Click below for the iTunes link.

Derek Charke In Sonorous Falling Tones Cover

derek charke warning gustnadoes ahead