I recently wrote a new piece for solo harp called WHITE GREY BLUE which is about whales in the Arctic. The piece uses extended techniques throughout to create the sound world of whales singing and ice cracking.
To create the sounds you need to use two superballs. The first effect is making whale noises which is really effective on the harp. But you need the right kind of superball to make the sounds!
In this video I show you how to make your own superballs to create this extended technique.
The second extended technique is hitting the strings very quickly to create a cimbalom sound.
The sheet music for White Grey Blue is available HERE
WHITE GREY BLUE
As the longer periods of sunlight begin to melt the Arctic ice, the elusive blue whale starts to come inland and feed in near-shore waters. Using two superball mallets on the harp, white grey blue explores the sound world of summer in the Arctic. The irregular pulsing of struck strings (using a percussion mallet to imitate the sound of a cimbalom) represents the cracking and melting of the ice. The eerie song of whale noises are created by extended techniques unique to the harp. Both these sounds flow through this hymn evoking the largest and noblest of creatures on this planet.
Lauren Scott is a harpist & composer and has been blogging on Harpyness for over 10 years.
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