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Carolina ’85


Carolina ’85 is my adventure into “Sound-mass” composition. Sound Mass is described as “the result of compositional techniques, in which, ‘the importance of individual pitches,’ is minimized, ‘in preference for texture, timbre, and dynamics as primary shapers of gesture and impact.’ Folks like Varese and Ligeti (among others) experimented with is successfully.


I chose the rhythm and feel of three football cheers/chants used constantly in 1985 at the University of South Carolina (Gamecocks) football games and combined them with the B-A-C-H theme for an auditory romp. At the end I have half of the band actually yelling them while the other half plays: “Two bits, four bits, six bits a dollar, all for Carolina, stand up and holler;” “ Hey bob-a-ree-bob;” “ Go - - Cocks!”


This piece takes a huge band (including a double percussion section) — and everyone has a separate part.


Carolina ‘85 is not recorded, so the mP3 is a FINALE MIDI audio extract (not a great sound, but you can get the idea of what the piece sounds like - except the yells at the end - no FiNALE version of that).


Carolina ‘85 sells for $120.00 for the hard copy,                                 $100.00 for the pdf’s.

Carolina '85 - Rudy Volkmann
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