Written for Kluster 5 ensemble in spring 2016, this piece is employing the principles behind the recent internet phenomenon and subculture – ASMR. Wikipedia describes it as:
Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is a euphoric experience characterized by a static-like tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine, precipitating relaxation. It is most commonly triggered by specific acoustic and visual stimuli including the content of some digital videos, and less commonly by intentional attention control.
Using this as a starting point, I wrote a score which transplants this approach to sound into the live ensemble. The piece uses a pre-recorded voice which narrates and navigates the actions of the percussionist. The percussionist, in turn, is playing various quiet sound objects which are highly amplified. The rest of the ensemble is accentuating the sonic events with dense sliding harmonies and contrapuntally arranged noise objects.
The spoken text was recorded by vocalist and composer Aurélie Lierman, sound engineer – Povilas Čepulis.