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Christopher Trapani: Holding Patterns

for double bass, electric guitar and electronics


A holding pattern is a circular loop flown by an aircraft while waiting for clearance to land. Here it is a work entirely made from loops, often aimlesslike tops spinning in place, waiting for a decisive push. An electronic tool, called the »Loopsculptor«, layers the live sound, not creating precise echoes, but reshaping these phrases with constantly shifting dimensions.

Holding Patterns was commissioned by Yaron Deutsch and Uli Fussenegger, with the expressed desire that the piece should allow the performers to branch off into an improvisation. The form of the piece circles back on itself before taking this foray, then returns for a composed coda.
Christopher Trapani