Lifelines for Clarinet and Tape was written for renowned New York new music virtuoso Esther Lamneck and is recorded on her CD Cigarsmoke (Innova 673). She has performed it throughout the United States and Italy. Lifelines features intricate interplay between the clarinet and tape, at times allowing the clarinetist to improvise - a Lamneck specialty.
The tape part of Lifelines is derived solely from a run-through for a forthcoming CD recording that Esther provided me with. I did not know the composer. My interest was not in the piece, but in the various gestures - single notes, small melodic fragments -which would go to make up the piece. I selected a few of these and mapped them onto the MIDI keyboard of my Kurzweil sampling synthesizer. The next step was to organize them into a library (or "orchestra" to my way of thinking), and then "perform" them with sampling software which permitted me to play as many as 32 channels, or "instruments" at one time. I listened, revised, added, subtracted . . . The result was a kind of frozen improvisation, not unlike what I find myself doing when I compose for "real" acoustic instruments.
The title Lifelines alludes to the free process of composition - creating musical lines from little bits of sonic material, much as life is generated from little bits of cellular material. When I start a piece I have just the seed - a vague idea of how it will go. The more I work on it, the clearer becomes its eventual form. In time, the seed sprouts.Availablity