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Published on Apr 16, 2014
Wild Sound challenges the distinctions that exist between music and noise, instrument and everyday object, performance and daily life. Composer Glenn Kotche and Third Coast Percussion are creating this new musical work combining field recordings from cities around the world, live performance, and the construction and de-construction of musical instruments on stage. These custom-made percussion instruments have been conceptualized by Kotche and are being designed and built by students and faculty at the University of Notre Dame's School of Engineering. The field recordings in the work are drawn from Kotche's international touring as drummer for the Grammy-winning rock band, Wilco. The field recordings create a narrative arc that draws the listener from the sounds of the natural world to the industrial sounds of modern urban life.
"Wild Sound" is commissioned by the University of Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, where the world premiere will take place on October 3, 2014.
"Monkey Chat" performance clips courtesy of Drummerworld. Additional footage courtesy of New Music USA, Vic Firth, and the University of Notre Dame.