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New Skin

alto flute and computer sound (2003)

Barbara Held, flute; Alexandra Gardner, computer

New Skin is available on Innova Recordings 662 (Alexandra Gardner, Luminoso)


Duration: 14 minutes
Commissioned by: Flutist Barbara Held
Premiere: November 17, 2003
Metronom, Barcelona, Spain

program note

New Skin was written for flutist Barbara Held. It combines recordings of dawn from various locations, digitally processed gong and percussion sounds, and live alto flute in structured improvisation. In many cultures, sunrise is received with rituals of respect and thankfulness, acknowledged as a new beginning, or rebirth. In this composition, my intention is to evoke an arrival into “light”—a sense of awakening to a new day.

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