Matthew Schellhorn


PATRICK NUNN (b. 1969)
Isochronos (2010)
for piano, percussion and pulsars (2-channel CD or 4-channel electronics) | 6' | World Premiere 2010
  • SummaryOpen or Close
    Matthew Schellhorn gave the world premiere performance of Patrick Nunn's Isochronos during the 2010 Sounds New Festival in Canterbury, with percussionist Sarah Cresswell (later Mason) and the composer on electronics.
  • Programme noteOpen or Close
    The title comes from the Greek iso (equal) and chronos (time) and refers, in this context, to the regular periods of electromagnetic radiation that is emitted from rotating neutron stars known as Pulsars. This beam of radiation can be detected on earth (similarly to the beam emitted from a lighthouse) with observed periods ranging from 1.4 milliseconds to 8.5 seconds. When translated into audio signals, these pulses produce a gamut of sounds from regularly spaced clicks to audible tones.

    Isochronous explores a sonic environment created from scientific recordings of these pulsars in a confluent dialogue with percussive and piano sounds; the live musicians acting out a terrestrial ‘response’ as it were. Although the two elements of recordings and live material are intended to blend sonically, they are marked apart by their regular and irregular characteristics; each pulsar is fixed and regular in tone or tempi (extraterrestrial) whereas the percussion and piano material is imbued with a greater sense of irregularity and independence (terrestrial).

    The listener is encouraged to close their eyes during the performance to fully experience the sounds without visual distraction.

    © 2010 Patrick Nunn
  • PerformancesOpen or Close
    15 May 2010
    Sounds News Festival, Canterbury, UK; with Sarah Cresswell (later Mason) (percussion), Patrick Nunn (electronics)
    World Premiere
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