For Bass Clarinet | commissioned by Sarah Watts | Duration circa 8.5 minutes
Quarter-sounds is published by Metropolis Music Publishers and is available here:
quarter-sounds is a study in the use of multiphonics. The piece was commissioned by the bass clarinettist, Sarah Watts to utilise her new multiphonic fingerings within the context of a piece of music. Sarah’s new fingering charts offer a huge range of possible ‘type two multiphonics’. Type Two multiphonics are multiphonics created using special fingerings that deviate from traditional standard fingerings. When these fingerings are used they force the air down the instrument in such a way that the airflow is split in a way that causes more than one frequency at once to sound. I have concentrated this study on a restricted selection of multiphonics.