Commissioned by Sigma Alpha Iota, Eta-Iota Chapter, Jessica Grimmer (née McCafferty), President.
April 18, 2011 at the University of Cincinnati's Cohen Family Studio Theater, Cincinnati OH
for children's tape recorder playback
“Press Play” is an audience interactive sound installation/tape piece using audio tape, percussion, toy instruments and children’s tape players. Here I orchestrated a previously-composed fugue (the 6-voice Ricercar from J.S. Bach’s The Musical Offering) for basic child-friendly instruments, recorded the individual parts to tape and will give interspersed performers or audience members playback devices with the six different parts (or voices) on tape. On cue, each performer/audience member with a tape player will “Press Play,” and the fugue will unfold around the audience, creating the effect for the audience members of being a part of a complete musical ensemble.