Stony Brook University
Stony Brook New York
Third composition residency of the Arugakki 2020 tour. Minh and I spend one week on campus with Taiko Tides, teaching, composing, and choreographing.
Hurdle technique workshop
Hurdle teaching workshop <this page>
- 4 taiko sections with increasing emphasis on movement
- electronic music backing track inspired by "institutional" sounds
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by Kristofer Bergstrom
Released copyleft under Creative Commons BY-SA Int. 4.0
Feb 29 2020
This first iteration of "Hurdle" is four sections of four lines each. The sections feature increasing amounts of movement while maintaining the accents of section 1.
Section 1 is rhythm-focused, intended to sound like drumset with jazzy, constantly-changing patterns. Section 2 introduces right arm swings. Section 3 introduces steps with the feet, pushing the player to new locations to reach new sounds and techniques. Section 4 features large movements.
The backing track is built on "institutional" sounds. Stony Brook Taiko Tides members struggle to get the support they need from the University, and I heard terms like "red tape" and "rules" frequently. The administrator of the Tabler Arts center was angry we were bringing equipment into his building without asking permission and I wrote the taiko parts while staring at a sign that said, "No drums in practice rooms!" Despite obstacles such as these, Taiko Tides maintains an optimistic attitude, holding practices twice a week and creating new material.
The metalic sounds of the backing track were recorded from parking barriers, fences, and sign posts. The vocal parts are from a jail PA announcement sample I found at freesound.org.
Taiko Community Alliance - composition grant
Arugakki Collaborator Fund - travel grant
Stony Brook Taiko Tides - residency host
Thank you also to Eva Nagase, Joe Dvorak, and Minh Nguyen.