Modulate (2022)

vlc, tape
9 minutes

Written for and commissioned by Erica Wise

Modulate was written for Erica’s project to record the Bach cello suites alongside new repertoire. Modulate is designed to be played between suites IV and II, and as such forms a kind of external modulation between Eb Major and D minor, though it could be programmed on its own. Instead of using a traditional harmonic modulatory device such as common chords, however, the piece expands the idea of modulation to include other possible applications of the term: from rhythmic pulsing (tremolo), through to AM radio and ring modulation. Modulate takes us on a journey from music, via audio technology and the sound of the real world, back to music again.