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Blackburn, Manuella: Landline 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Landline
  • Subtitle: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    9
  • Year of composition: 
    2018
  • First performance (year): 
    2018
  • First performance (venue): 
  • First performance (performers): 
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    I have vivid memories of my landline telephone in the home I grew up in. It was an old-style shiny black rotary dial phone, with its own table, accompanied with directory and phone book, all situated in the entrance hallway. As I grew up, the home telephone changed size and shape, the rotary dial disappeared and replaced with touch-tone buttons, and then eventually it became cordless liberating the speaker from its fixed location. I realised recently that I had not used my current landline telephone in a long time. It had fallen behind some furniture and become caked in dust. When I came to use it, it felt strange and the sounds it made me curious about this somewhat endangered household object. I became fascinated with the dial tone sound and later discovered that landline dial tone sounds are not the same in every country. For some of my non-British friends and family dial tone pitches appeared to be a type of cultural sound emblem reminding them of home. The UK’s dial tone is a combination of sine waves mixed from 350Hz and 450Hz, while the North American is a combination of 350Hz and 440Hz. In this piece I have explored my landline telephone in all its glory and have tried to recreate and reimagine the sounds of that first home telephone I remember from when I was younger. Many thanks go to Conserve the Sound online museum (https://www.conservethesound.de/en/) for granting permissions to me to borrow one of their archived dial telephone sounds (name: Fernsprechtischapparat, Manufacturer: Deutsche Bundespost) and giving me insight into the world of disappearing sounds.

  • Technical specs: 

    Technical Rider

    Landline is a stereo fixed media work. This can be diffused over a multi-channel loudspeaker array.

    Playback can be via any sequencer (Pro Tools/Logic/nuendo) or playback through quicktime.

    This work does not involve any performers, score or instructions. Just press play.

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
15
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
1
Oboe
2
Clarinet
2
Saxophone
2
Bassoon
2
Trumpet
2
Trombone
2
Musicians1st player2nd player
Double Bass
2

 

 

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