Water Spirits

Elizabeth Hoffman

Water Spirits has been performed in Eugene…

Close-mic’ed recordings of water are transformed in this piece through algorithms crafted by the composer to modify the microrhythmic and timbral detail of the sound surfaces. The algorithms rearrange or eliminate data, creating either statistically accurate but temporally jumbled waveforms or sequentially accurate but incomplete waveforms. The result is a slightly askew tactility of otherwise familiar sounds. “Water spirits” are mythological beings, but the reference here is to the materiality of the water itself. If it could speak, what might it say…

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Water Spirits was realized from 2007 through 2011 at the composer’s studio in New York City (NY, USA). An early version of this work premiered under the title The Twelfth Chapter on March 30, 2006 during the SEAMUS 2006 National Conference at the University of Oregon (Eugene, OR, USA).

Premiere

  • March 30, 2006, Preliminary version, under the title The Twelfth Chapter: SEAMUS 2006: Concert, Eugene (Oregon, USA)

Details

Water Spirits (2007-11), 10:41
fixed medium

Calendar

Broadcasts

Date Work Program
June 9, 2013 Elizabeth Hoffman, Water Spirits (2007-11), 10:41 Martian Gardens / WMUA 91.1 FM (USA)
July 15, 2013 Elizabeth Hoffman, Water Spirits (2007-11), 10:41 Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
August 9, 2013 Elizabeth Hoffman, Water Spirits (2007-11), 10:41 Sound Quality / ABC Radio National (Australia)
October 1, 2013 Elizabeth Hoffman, Water Spirits (2007-11), 10:41 Radio Horizon 93.9 FM (South Africa)
May 6, 2014 Elizabeth Hoffman, Water Spirits (2007-11), 10:41 The New Edge / WMBR 88.1 FM (USA)
May 25, 2014 Elizabeth Hoffman, Water Spirits (2007-11), 10:41 Martian Gardens / WMUA 91.1 FM (USA)
November 3, 2016 Elizabeth Hoffman, Water Spirits (2007-11), 10:41 Radio Horizon 93.9 FM (South Africa)
February 10, 2020 Elizabeth Hoffman, Water Spirits (2007-11), 10:41 Martian Gardens #1008 / WXOJ-LP 103.3 (USA)
February 18, 2022 Elizabeth Hoffman, Water Spirits (2007-11), 10:41 Episode 1096 / Martian Gardens Podcast (USA)