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Inspired by newspaper headlines that have been shortened to a degree where
they become ambiguous, this piece presents a careful exploration of a
single 10 second Sitar sample.
The three players control granular synthesis in pitch, time and
volume-space, interpreting and re-interpreting the sample to generate a
wide, evolving range of sonic situations. It focuses on a delicate
interplay arising at the border of the intentional and the unintentional.
Set on a free-time score, "Ambiguous News" develops through gestures
between the players, from the introduction of the instrument through
various expressions to a calm, 7 octave spanning glide: when all
uncertainty has been resolved into a single, unambiguous pitch.