telegraphic

Flute, cello, trombone, synth, bass clarinet, contrabass, telegraphic keys (3-6 players), amplification.

Commissioned by Champ d' Action (BE) and Slagwerkgroep Den Haag (NL) with funding from the Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst.

The six instruments play through close microphones routed into a mixing desk, where their amplification is gated by telegraph keys, one for each instrument/channel. The keys are inserted at the channel insert and they gate the sound of the channels when de-pressed. This piece is a kind of memorial to telegraphy, which officialy came to an end in 2006 when Western Union sent their last telegram.

telegraphic score page 57.