Frozen Smolder

Year composed: 2015

Instrumentation: amplified violin, viola, and speaker

Duration (approx.): 10′


Commissioned by and dedicated to the Third Angle New Music Ensemble.

First performed on November 13th, 2015 at Studio 2 @ Zoomtopia in Portland, Oregon.

Text by Sandra Stone


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  • speaker should use a microphone and should not overpower the instruments.
  • violin and viola are to be amplified by either use of a contact microphone or close mic placement.
  • there are two pre-sets that need to be activated by an audio technician at points indicated in the score:
    • PRESET 1 should be a brighter tone with substantial reverb and long decay, ideally enough to create a kind of blur when there’s tremolo.
    • PRESET 2 should be a warm, glowing, gentler tone with moderate to light reverb.
  • both presets should allow for a wide dynamic range without becoming distorted or over powering the speaker.

Copyright © Jay Derderian & Sandra Stone (ASCAP), 2018. All Rights Reserved.


By Jay

Composer, guitarist, husband, father, pun enthusiast.

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