Vug
Nick Fells - 1998

for Bb clarinet and computer

Vug uses real-time signal processing to granulate and expand material played by the clarinet. A densely interwoven texture results from the interplay between live and processed sound, which itself evolves gradually as grains grow and diminish through the piece. The software used was developed for this purpose by the composer.

The title is the name of a female character from the Crystals chapter of Calvino's Time and the Hunter. Calvino evokes a strong sense of beauty and wonder by describing an alternative process of evolution taking place through crystalline rather than organic forms, and the piece is an attempt to convey something of the surreal and delicately structured world which results.