for 8-channel fixed electronics
“The Vulture” is inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph, “The Vulture and the Little Girl,” taken by South African photojournalist Kevin Carter. The photograph, in which a vulture stands in the dirt behind an emaciated child, apparently waiting for it to die, hauntingly captures the desperation and misery of the famine that hit the horn of Africa in 1993. All the sounds used in “The Vulture” were derived from a solo double bass, performed by Rhys Gates. At certain points during the piece, the goal has been to distance the sound from the actual timbre of the double bass, and to engage the imagination of the listeners in considering different possible sources for the sounds.
Premiered on October 25th, 2016 at The University of Texas at Austin