Sound/Water (2011) is entirely derived from a five-second documentary recording taken by the composer at a Biscayne Bay mangrove shoreline. The ocean waves and two attendant sounds (wind and crickets) are treated to multiple filtering techniques to separate the sounds, and to derive the natural pitches produced by the water, which become the pitch and rhythmic material for the cello part. The captured sounds themselves are then transposed around the cello pitches, creating an intertwined contrapuntal work that reflects the organicism of waves within the sea. Sound/Water was written for cellist Madeleine Shapiro, inspired by her dedication to water conservation.
Composer Dorothy Hindman is regularly commissioned and performed by top ensembles throughout the world, and has received international recognition. Hindman is Assisstant Professor of Composition at the University of Miami, and was previously tenured at Birmingham-Southern College. In addition to her performances and teaching, she actively promotes new music, hosts the Po Mo Radio show featuring classical music written since 1980 on WVUM, 90.5 FM Coral Gables, and reviews for South Florida Classical Review. Her music is available on the innova, Living Artist, Vox Novus, Capstone, and ERM Media labels.