Indiana University

Composition Department

Recordings

The Music of John Gibson

Driptick

Fixed media, 5.1 surround sound

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We normally hear the dripping of a faucet or the ticking of a clock in relative isolation. What happens when many variants of these sounds, joined with others from the household, combine to create a dense musical texture? Driptick orchestrates the clash of multiple, incompatible speeds projected by these sounds, and plays on our sense of musical timing. What makes music sound fast — is it surface rhythm, the rate of pitch change, or pure energy? In its three-part form, Driptick searches for answers.

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