Scythe was written in 1994 as my main submission piece for MA in Electro-acoustic Composition and Aesthetics. I wasn’t all that keen on the Aesthetics part of the degree but actually found the work very rewarding, writing an essay titled “The Semiotics of Electro-Acoustic Music” and another on the work of Xenakis.
In this piece i tried to obscure all the sound sources, there are gestural themes that repeat and develop. The main metallic sounds come from 2 knifes struck against one-another. other noises include: rustling a plastic bag, chopping carrots, wooden percussion and cello.
This youtube video displays my score for the piece which you can follow along with the music.