Ocells de nit

This piece was premièred at the Salford Sonic Fusion Festival 2015.

Ocells de nit (literally, «Birds of night» in catalan) uses melodic-rhythmic patterns inspired by nocturnal birdsongs, and was composed following the Salford Sonic Fusion Festival’s theme of acoustic zoology. The piece tries to convey the nocturnal atmosphere and the sense of solitude – via the scarcity of sounds in time and in the spectrum – rather than an ornithological study of birdsongs.

The frequencies are selected in a non tempered scale with uneven intervals using subtractive synthesis creating a specific harmonic/timbral language. The specific software patch has been created with Max/MSP by the composer for this purpose, and Ocells de nit is the first piece that explores the possibilities of this tool.