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Thousand Year Dreaming​/​floating world

by Annea Lockwood

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Thousand Year Dreaming (1990) was commissioned by Essential Music and was written with the musicians on this recording, their particular strengths and inclinations, very much in mind. It grew out of an improvisatory piece, Nautilus, which Art Baron, Scott Robinson and Lockwood realised in 1989. They found that the sound of conch shell trumpets, didjeridu and frame drums really flowered in the resonant spaces they were using for the piece. Lockwood started imagining the sonorities possible with four didjeridus, gongs, conches and trombones and frame drums, all shaped by the penetrating and sensuous edge of oboes and clarinets.

floating world (1999) is an immersion in place and transience. The composer invited friends who work with environmental sounds themselves, and who have a strong sense of place, to make recordings for her in places of personal, spiritual significance to them, so it is a collaborative work. From their field recordings (edited but not processed), and other sounds Lockwood wove the slowly shifting texture forming floating world.


released October 10, 2007

All works composed by Annea Lockwood

Performers on Thousand Year Dreaming:
Art Baron, conch shell, trombone, didjeridu
Libby Van Cleve, oboe, English horn
Jon Gibson, didjeridu
Annea Lockwood, voice
J.D. Parran, clarinet, contrabass clarinet
Michael Pugliese, tam-tam, clapping sticks
N. Scott Robinson, conch shell, frame drums, pod rattle, tam-tam
John Snyder, didjeridu, waterphone
Charles Wood, tam-tam, stones
Peter Zummo, trombone, didjeridu

Field recordings for floating world were provided by:
Brenda Hutchinson, Chris Mann, David Dunn, John Cousins, Larry Austin, Maggi Payne, Philip Dadson, Ruth Anderson, Sorrel Hays, Steve Peters, and Warren Burt


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Annea Lockwood New York, New York

Annea Lockwood is a New Zealand born American composer. She taught electronic music at Vassar College. Her work often involves recordings of natural found sounds. She has also recorded Fluxus-inspired pieces involving burning or drowning pianos.

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