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Music for Incandescent Events: Audio for Skyscapes around Sunset and Sunrise

by Sarah Peebles

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As the sun licks sandstone lemon-lime  and your gaze wanders,   tide meets rock  kelp slow-motion whip  tangerine sea foam kisses clam beds.  Sky, water, land, light.  This is your sunset poetry.


Instructions: Place yourself with a skyscape view of your choice, indoors or outdoors. Adjust your soundscape to your liking: open windows, sit under a tree or near waves; find a reflective surface, etc. Listen as the light begins to change at sunset or sunrise while being still, or while in motion (walk, drive, swim, skate, sail, canoe). Or listen while viewing the aurora. Use good quality loudspeakers, headphones or earbuds.

Music for Incandescent Events mediates our perception of time, memory and place, creating a space for contemplation, for awareness of one’s physical environment, and for exploration of consciousness in the moment.

Each iteration of Incandescent Events combines different improvised short melodies and tones performed on a slightly de-tuned shō (Japanese mouth-organ), re-recorded several octaves lower than original pitch. I recorded these melodies at very close range while sitting near a reflective wall, catching rich beat patterns and sum/difference tones. These and additional frequencies beyond the range of human hearing transform into unexpected, complex audio events at slower play-back speeds, several octaves down. See individual tracks for notes about each piece.


released January 1, 2021

Photo: sunset at Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto, by Rob Cruickshank. Composition and shō samples performed by Sarah Peebles. Thanks to Bruce Pennycook & McGill University for shō recording assistance. © 2002 - 2020 Sarah Peebles ASCAP for the World except Canada / SOCAN for Canada


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Sarah Peebles is an installation artist, composer and music improvisor in Toronto. See Delicate Paths - Music For Shô and more recordings:

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