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Distill for orchestra and electric guitar

  • Author(s): VanHassel, Daniel Herbert
  • Advisor(s): Campion, Edmund
  • et al.

Distill is a musical composition for orchestra and electric guitar. The work marshals the power of the electric guitar to create a huge variety of tone color and texture ranging from intense noise to the purest harmony, a power that is also shared by the symphony orchestra. These two sonic forces interact with each other in a slowly evolving soundscape based on an underlying chord progression. Over the course of the piece this chord progression becomes progressively simpler until eventually it is distilled to its barest essence, that of a single note and its overtones.

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