Buess, Alex - ata-9
Buess, Alex : ata-9 for four soprano saxophones
ata-9 for four soprano saxophones is based on a non-tempered scale which derives from 9 Balinese Gongs. The difference between this non-tempered and the tempered tonality is a very important part of this work. Words like repetition, mirror, inversion or metamorphosis describe the ideas behind the composition.
Three compositional ideas build the main body of ata-9:
-the loops: short repeated structures which are proposed to the players as "ready mades" that may be varied up to a defined range
-the "traditionally" notated parts and
-the multiphonics mainly derived from the sound of the 9 Gongs.
This Work has been commissioned by the XASAX saxophone quartet (Paris)