I first learned about phone phreaks a couple of years ago and was immediately fascinated by their tenacity and boundless curiosity. By hacking the inner workings of payphones, building small electrical devices, or even whistling repeated tones at specific frequencies, they were able to manipulate this analog technology to connect with others in far away places or simply listen in on the pops, clicks, and hums produced by the machinery of distant networks. These sonic identifiers were unique to each of the thousands of long distance networks and (luckily for me) it was quite common for phreaks to make high quality reel-to-reel recordings of what they heard. All electronic sounds used in this piece come from these recordings and each movement is based upon the unique sonic qualities of calls from payphones in various locations in the US in the 1970’s. – Steven Snowden
In four movements with no specified order:
Atlanta, GA – 1972
Brooklyn, NY – 1975
Monroe, NC – 1977
Panorama, VA – 1976
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Duration – 20 min.
Commissioned by a consortium of 33 percussionists led by Mike Truesdell and Tim Briones.
Take a look at the score:
- Performance and program notes
- – Monroe, NC (original version for marimba)
- – Monroe, NC (vibes version)
- – Brooklyn, NY
- – Atlanta, GA (original version for vibes)
- – Atlanta, GA (marimba version)
- – Panorama, VA
Brooklyn and Monroe premiered by Mike Truesdell New York, NY – March 16, 2013.
Atlanta and Panorama premiered by Tim Briones in San Antonio, TX – May 07, 2013.