60 Degree Mirrors

By Sky Macklay

Program Notes

A kaleidoscope contains five mirrors angled sixty degrees from one another. The reflections create subtly shifting repetitive-yet-distinct geometric-mosaic patterns, multiplying and beautifying whatever objects (beads, jewels, pebbles, glass shards) live within the kaleidoscope. My piece 60 Degree Mirrors uses a series of oboe and flute multiphonics as the sonic “objects” within the kaleidoscope. I manipulate them into geometric patterns and dense textures. Oboe and flute objects are multiplied, expanded, and fractured by the other instruments to create a saturating web of sound.