Basalt UK
Richard Barrett - 1996

In Basalt, the constituent actions of sound production (breathing, embouchure, slide movement, vocalisation, use of the transposing valve and so on) are split away from one another and then reassembled. As Basalt E, the work forms the fourth part of negatives for nine instruments. In common with the rest of negatives, physical/geological images played a poetic role in the conception of the music, in this case the erosion of hard surfaces or strata into granularity.

Basalt E was first performed by Brett Kelly, trombone with Elision in Melbourne on 10/10/92. The solo version, Basalt, was premiered by Barrie Webb in Rome on 10/11/95 and receives its UK premiere on 26/04/96 at the Electric Spring Festival.