solo c flute (doubling alto) with blown bottles & flute ensemble
This piece was originally written in 2016 as a response to John White’s bottle-blowing piece Drinking & Hooting Machine (1968) which concerns itself with the gradual evolution of a continuum of sound from high to low. I wanted to write a piece that uses blown bottles in a more ‘musical’ way, by controlling combinations of high to low sounding bottles to provide a distant, harmonic backdrop for the flute solo. In this revised version, I have expanded the breathy bottle ensemble to include flutes, enabling a more colourful exploration of the sound world, and a heightened spatial experience.
Channing Hall, Sheffield
"At times Hooting, Not Drinking sounds like a gang of robots trying to communicate with owls."
Nat Loftus, Now Then magazinehttp://nowthenmagazine.com/sheffield/issue-109/music/