Photo taken in 2009 on a visit to Yangshuo – famous for it’s mountains of karst, winding rivers, and the many caves and caverns.

Racheal Cogan – Composition, Mixing, Alto recorders, Tenor recorders, Bass recorders, C Bass recorders, Kitchen Bowls.

Geri Bollinger – Contrabass Recorders.

The Baroque style Alto recorder is made by Michael Grinter, all of the other recorders are made and designed by Geri Bollinger.

Music for a Cavern is dedicated to my dad, Robert Cogan, in his 70th year.

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Plug into a set of headphones or good speakers, push play, sit back quietly closing  your eyes and imagine that you are alone in a large cavern.

Most of the sounds here are from the recorders, including the atmospheric wind sounds from blowing through the recorder whilst covering the sound hole at the front. I was quite surprised and impressed at the sounds of the wind from my  new C Bass recorder – they were way more beautiful and expressive than I had imagined. The percussive gong like sounds are all derived from a set of four stainless steel mixing bowls – once again, they came through more beautifully than I could have expected.  My partner and I use the mixing bowls daily in the kitchen for food prep and I had to steal them for a while to make the sounds for this piece – thanks Andrew for your understanding. Thank you Geri for playing the Contrabass and your invaluable feedback on the music as it developed.

Thanks also to members of the Edmonton Recorder Society for being the first group of people to play through the score and show me how awesome and fun it would be to perform this piece live.

For live performance this piece asks for 10 people on recorders and one or two people for the bowls, gongs, bells and metal sounds. An ideal performance space would be large and resonant (like a cavern).

 

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