Title: WARNING! Gustnadoes Ahead Year Completed: 2008 Duration: 6 mins Instrumentation: Flute and electronic soundscape Credits: Commissioned by The National Flute Association Premiere: 2008 High-School Soloist Competition in Kansas City, Missouri August 7-10, 2008
Gustnado—Colloquial expression for a short-lived, shallow, generally weak tornado found along a gust front. Gustnadoes are usually visualized by a rotating dust or debris cloud." The soundtrack is made up mostly of transformed flute sounds, some of which emulate sudden swirling figures, others a sudden explosion and some granularised: sounds that are stretched in time, or are granules, short and fast. And there are many other transformations, plus a few electronic sounds. The solo flute interacts with these sounds. The score includes the solo flute part and a representation of the soundtrack with timings and other important information. The flute part includes extended techniques such as multiphonics, aeolian sounds, timbre trills, over blowing on harmonics, harsh Ch K Ch k sounds, and of course, ordinary tone production. The piece is loosely in variation form with a flurry of sound in the introduction, then a presentation of the main thematic material, which is further altered and developed. A quasi recapitulation of the opening ends the piece.
This work uses a 2 channel audio file for the soundscape. The soundscape may be performed using a CD player, MP3 player, or on a computer, etc.
Available on the album “In Sonorous Falling Tones” featuring Derek Charke on flute. Click below for the iTunes link.