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CHENG Chien-Wen / 鄭建文


Rain in a Dream / 夢中的雨

Birth Y: 1972 Birth C: TAIWAN Gender: Male

Dest: Concert

Media Specification: Live electronics

Duration: ca 7'

Instruments: for yangqin, 3 percussionists, and electronics


Prog. notes: This piece is intended to portray the soundscape and landscape of the rain in a dream by combining the sound of acoustic instruments (yangqin and percussion) and the computer processed sound. They are interwoven into a vast and illusionary soundscape and is shaped with the gradual process of change in pitch, rhythm, note density, texture, and etc. The instrumental part focuses on the dialogue between yangqin and the percussion instruments of definite pitch. For the electronic part, sound samples from cello and metals are transformed through granular synthesis and spectral editing to provide the background drown sound in contrast to the short sonority from live yangqin and percussion instruments and to thicken the overall timbre and texture. In addition, the bell-like or chime-like synthesized sound are used with reverberation and delay effects to produce different short sonority and spatialization as opposed to that generated by yangqin and percussion instruments.


Editor: MB