Performed by John Wallace (trumpet) and Andrew Powell (live electronics and tape) and recently featured in the 2019 blockbuster film release of ‘Bolden’, a drama directed by Dan Pritzker, which imagines the compelling, powerful and tragic journey of Buddy Bolden, the unsung American hero who invented Jazz.
Whilst the film’s music soundtrack is widely attributed to the composing/arranging of Wynton Marsalis, it is important to note that Plasmogeny II (along with another recording by John Wallace and Andrew Powell – The Transistor Radio of St Narcissus) was also used in the film’s exciting musical configuration.
Recordings of both these pieces (complete performances) are available to purchase as MP3 downloads from this online shop.
Originally recorded in 2002 for the album ‘Michael’s Farewell’, Plasmogeny II was commissioned by John Wallace and first performed by him and Andrew Powell, at the University of Richmond, Virginia, USA in May 1999. The work is written for solo trumpet, live electronics and tape and the recording is now being released under The Wallace Collection label.
Detailed Recording Information
Plasmogeny II was commissioned by John Wallace and first performed by him and the composer at the University of Richmond, Virginia, USA in May 1999. The work is written for solo trumpet, live electronics and tape, and is a sister piece to Plasmogeny, (‘the development of an organism from plasma’) written in 1970 for Intermodulation. The tape part uses sounds from many sources, including Wallace’s trumpet electronically modulated: the live electronics enable the sound of the trumpet to be altered, phrases played by the soloist to be repeated, and also enable the soloist to play in harmony (up to 4-part) with himself.
The work is in 3 sections, each of which is twice as fast as, and more melodic and rhythmic than, the preceding section: the first concentrates on the low register of the trumpet (sometimes over an octave below the trumpet’s “fundamental” note), the second is more melodic, alternating between quasi-Miles Davis lyricism and explorations of the harmonic series: the third begins with fast virtuoso exchanges between the soloist and “Kodo” drums on tape, and builds to a climax with a long sustained melody played by the soloist supported by a taped brass chorale of sampled Wallace trumpets over the Kodo drums.