Discretion (contrabasson version
from stereo realization (Karen Sandene, contrabassoon)
Soundfile for HiFi playback
Boombox files (make two CDs of this)
Parental Discretion is a reworking of my piece, 2ba4,
which is a work for tuba and electronics written in a style I have
dubbed “Brassplotation.” Imagine it as the soundtrack to an
R. Crumb animation where a tuba does horrible, horrible things. Unlike
most of my work, this one lends itself handily to being reworked for
various low instruments, in this case the contrabassoon, which combines
the low-down of a bass guitar with the wonkiness of a clavinova. There
are also explicit references to the sub-genre of music known as
trip-hop, a style that flourished in the late 1990s. Trip hop itself
often makes references to the conspicuously vintage sounds of tremolo
guitar (think spy movies) and lo-fi scratchy vinyl sounds.
Thematically, the motives are based primarily on funk riffs derived
from the blues scale. The first three notes of the C minor blues scale
(C Eb F) also provided the architectural
structure for the piece in that the work centers first around C, then
Eb, then F before returning to C. Elements of the tuba part are echoed
by boomboxes placed behind the audience.
The work is suitable for all ages.