About the work
Tunings is about radio: the unpredictable, sometimes surreal window it opens on the world and its relationship with the listener at home, tuning between stations.
First Performance: CoMA Summer School small ensembles concert 2007
The cd player is started in bar 7 on a sign from the conductor and thereafter the ensemble should be kept roughly with the soundtrack as indicated – although split-second co-ordination is not necessary. Some volume adjustment may be necessary as the piece progresses depending on the venue, number of performers etc; ideally the sound system should be loud enough to almost balance with the ensemble in bars 51-54. The drums are played with dusters to produce a sound which is muffled, distant and indistinct.
Open Score 2007, commissioned by Philip Cashian