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In terms of material and process I decided the concept of ‘less is more’ would be the focus of this composition. A tam-tam, basin of water, found sound on tape, and the human voice provided the sound palette. As a painter mixes colours, my goal was to combine the materials in various ways, such as submerging the tam-tam in the water, to provide variation in the timbre.

Brian Garbet’s “Ritual” opens with a high-pitched techno-shriek, but the effect is less irritating than it is honing, sharpening, head-clearing. – Justin Kownacki (Splendid E-Zine)

Prize winner – Jeu de Temps/Times Play – JTTP 2002, Canadian Electroacoustic Community. Montréal, QC, Canada

Realized at the Sonic Research Studio – Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC.