My Parents’ Phone Number (2011)

for rotary phone and electronics

selected for the ICMC 2012 Official CD

 

 

Program Note:

My Parents’ Phone Number (2011) is comprised of sounds from the innards of a rotary phone. The piece begins with a canon on Peter and Rebecca Greene’s phone number, and proceeds through various manipulations of each individual dial. The ringer bell is then introduced, and the two sources – dial and bell – form overlapping cascades of subtly varying repetition streams. Finally, the receiver handle (filled with beads) joins in as a shaker, and accompanies the previously captured and manipulated material in a hectic array of building and dissolving tensions.