beatbox flute quartet
score (9.5 x 13) and parts (9.5 x 13)
My inspiration to write Loops came from a desire to expand the complexity of, and possibilities within, the beatbox genre of flute chamber music, beyond what is achievable in an improvisational setting. At its roots, beatboxing is an improvisational art; however, as in jazz, structure is required in order to perform with larger ensembles. While there are no improvisational elements in these quartets, they may serve as a departure point for flutists who wish to improvise and compose with other beatboxers and musicians.
Loops, for Beatbox Flute Quartet, is a compilation and reworking of my own improvisations for flute and loop station (a device that allows musicians to create layers of repeated material over which they can improvise). Loop One combines different beatbox syllables and extended techniques simultaneously, in order to create new textures and to mimic instruments—such as xylophone—that cannot otherwise be imitated by a single flutist. Loop Two was originally conceived for ten independent voices, but has been reworked here into four parts. Since beatboxing is overwhelmingly performed in minor modes, Loop Three is a foray into lesser-used, but strikingly colorful, major and jazz harmonies.
— Brandy Hudelson
This program note may be freely reproduced in concert programs, provided that proper credit is given to the composer.