Tangled Illusions

Program Notes
Tangled Illusions is a series of shifting atmospheres. It was written in homage to the rich history and culture of the instrument. The koto uses the hira-joshi tuning and all playing techniques were those developed by Japanese composers, both historical and modern. Meditative material in the first section of the piece creates a strong sense of resonating harmony. As motivic material in both the koto and electronics becomes more timbrally focused and noisy, pitched material shifts over to the detuned playing side of the instrument. Noisy materials and scratchy pitches grow and swell with the electronics into chaos. The player's gestures become very visually dynamic at the final chaotic build. The electronics dissipate and the performer is given a moment to breathe, leaving the audience with a thin, quiet texture. Humming and hissing textures grow into the final section, with illusionary references to earlier materials. The koto returns to the pitched resonances. In the falling, quieting electronics, the final iteration of the motive rings from the koto in harmonics, reminiscent of small chime.

Biographical Sketch
Carolyn Borcherding is a Graduate Assistant at the University of Illinois pursuing a doctoral degree in music composition. Her compositional interests involve exploring the potential musical relationships between acoustic instruments and electronics, and experimenting with the creation of space in fixed media works. She has had works performed at SEAMUS, the Electroacoustic Barn Dance, Electronic Music Midwest, SPLICE Institute, and others. Carolyn received her Master’s in Music Composition at Western Michigan University where she studied with Dr. Christopher Biggs and Dr. Lisa Coons.

Performer Biographical Sketch
Carolyn Borcherding is a Graduate Assistant at the University of Illinois pursuing a doctoral degree in music composition. Her compositional interests involve exploring the potential musical relationships between acoustic instruments and electronics, and experimenting with the creation of space in fixed media works. She has had works performed at SEAMUS, the Electroacoustic Barn Dance, Electronic Music Midwest, SPLICE Institute, and others. Carolyn received her Master’s in Music Composition at Western Michigan University where she studied with Dr. Christopher Biggs and Dr. Lisa Coons.