Dancing Around the Cathode Campfire was commissioned by the Arts Cooperative Team for their annual Festival in Hot Springs, AR. I chose the ensemble and medium of Clarinet, Marimba, and DAT tape. Quoting and sampling TV themes from the past several decades, I’ve woven a motivically coherent tapestry of sound ranging from ethereal to silly. The primary motivic material is from the opening of the Scooby Doo theme, and pervades the entire work. The performance was a success, with a smoke machine embedded in the stage floor. What more could I ask for?
Michael Ptacin (Marimba) and Cat Keen Hock (Clarinet) at UNCG:
Commissioned by: The Arkansas Arts Cooperatice Team for the Arkansas Celebration of the Performing Arts Festival
November 5th, 1997, Malco Theater, Hot Springs, AR.
Earl Hesse, clarinet
Charles Law, marimba
Clarinet in Bb
Pre-recorded electronic track