Instrumentation: Violin, Saxophone, Clarinet, Bassoon, Percussion, Piano
Year of composition: 2019
Duration: ~8 min.
Date: March 30th 2019
Musicians: Sound Icon
Place: John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium 2019
Commissioned by the kind support of ASCAP and Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI)
Hypnosis is a state of human consciousness of focused attention, reduced peripheral awareness, and a distorted sense of time and place.
Hypnosis is achieved by using one or more of the many known hypnotic induction techniques. This piece draws inspiration from those techniques.
Using a steady stream of quarter notes in the piano throughout the piece, the listener’s sonic “gaze” is directed to this auditory pendulum. This provides the listener with a familiar and repetitive anchor to latch onto, but at the same time acts as a diversion that keeps the listener’s attention away from the “subconscious” events that grow increasingly intricate around the piano.
At the end, we are left with an impression imbued in us by the piece, but with a fuzzy memory of its actual components.