Dr. Vera Ivanova, Composer
Vera Ivanova,
composer

'...internationally recognized as an emerging artist of great talent.'

Campus Times (University of Rochester/Eastman)

Electrostatic Whale

2016

The piece is written for bass clarinet and is accompanied by a pre-recorded soundtrack; its main source comes from the sound sample of a whale song, manipulated and transformed through the use of various software to create an image of a creature, a digitized sea mammal, submerging into the deep ocean and emerging to a digitized surface.

Program Notes:
Electrostatic Whale was composed in 2016 for the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble's clarinetist Oleg Tantsov. The piece is written for bass clarinet and is accompanied by a pre-recorded soundtrack; its main source comes from the sound sample of a whale song, manipulated and transformed through the use of various software to create an image of a creature, a digitized sea mammal, submerging into the deep ocean and emerging to a digitized surface.
I have chosen to work with the sound of a whale song as it is as expressive as a human voice, and some of its timbral characteristics are reminiscent of bass clarinet. What inspired me to write a piece about the whale was a snapshot from my memory. As I was taking off on a plane and looked down through my window, I saw in the crystal clear waters of the Pacific Ocean hundreds of whales, swimming as a pod on their migration path. The surreal beauty of this moment – seeing these majestic creatures from the sky above – ignited the idea of writing this piece for bass clarinet and pre-recorded soundtrack, based on the whale song.

Instrumentation
bass clarinet and tape
Duration
c. 5 min. 6 sec.
Premiere
Oleg Tantsov, July 3, 2016, Stanislavsky Electrotheatre, Moscow (Russia)
Score Sample
Electrostatic Whale-score-2 1
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Performances:

November 8th, 2017 - 7:00pm
Electrostatic Whale (2016) - Oleg Tantsov, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble's soloist
Moscow House of Composers (Moscow, Russia)
This performance is a part of the 39th International Festival of Contemporary Music "Moscow Autumn".
April 8th, 2017
Electrostatic Whale (2016) - Splinter Reeds
World Premiere
July 3rd, 2016
Electrostatic Whale (2016) - Oleg Tantsov
Stanislavsky Electrotheatre (Moscow (Russia))
This concert is a part of series "The Faces of MCME" and showcase the performances by individual members of the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, who choose their favorite works for the program.