Zipper Music

Zipper Music by Judith Shatin

Instrumentation: 2 Amplified Zippers Players, 2 MIDI Controller Operators
Duration: 8:00
Premiere: 4/18/19
New Music Ensemble
Old Cabell Hall, UVA
Charlottesville, VA

Program Note
Zipper Music is scored for 2 amplified zipper players with interactive electronics performed by a MIDI controller operator. It forms part of my Quotidian Music series, eliciting the music afforded by everyday sounds, and performable by ‘everyday’ people; Traditional musical training is not required. Rather, the score offers clear icons for the number of pulls, the grouping, and the interaction of the two players, made clear by the use of a timeline. This series takes a fresh look at both sources of music and performance options.


Each zipper has a distinctive timbre, depending on material and length, as well as the fabric to which it is sewn. The zipper players are amplified and the sound  sent to a laptop where it is transformed using a MIDI controller. The Max patch was created in consultation with me by composer/technologist Max Tfirn.

The musical  trajectory focuses on rhythmic combination, resultant timbres and the multifaceted recombinant sonics  created by changes in density, rhythmic shifts, counterpoint of  zipper voices and vivid performer interactions.



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