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Mermikides, MJ (2014) Asini [Composition]

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Work for Classical Guitar and Live Electronics. Plaka Asini is a beach in the Peloponnesian region of Greece. It overlooks the Mediterranean sea, has a little known acropolis, and is even mentioned in Homer’s Iliad. This piece is a homage to this magical place I have visited my entire life, which has the paradoxical quality of both seeming timeless and being a unique vantage point to witness the passage of time. The piece is based on the concept of cycles (of day and night, seasons, lunar phases, tides and waves) and follows the cycle of a day from twilight to dusk (the found sound is from a 24 hour recording I made in 2013). The outer movements mimic relaxed evening guitar playing while the middle section emulates the daytime waves, in particular the phenomenon of cross-winds creating transverse waves against the waves coming into shore, which is echoed in the constant 3/4 6/8 ambiguity.

Item Type: Composition
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Date : 29 April 2014
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:32
Last Modified : 23 Jan 2020 10:40

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