Ka-Boom! is based on a recording I made of a fireworks display. The composition employs recorded voice that imitates fireworks and the text I compiled is a combination of onomatopoeia, made-up language and words used in comic books.
According to information processing theory, the information that a listener receives is assimilated by the human brain by reducing the complex data into meaningful patterns and preserving these in memory. Then, the listener is able to understand the surrounding world by synthesizing it from the chunks of information kept in memory.
The structuring of the composition attempts to parallel the human brain’s process. There is a clear sense of a start and an end of a real-life happening, while in between there are chunks of information; isolated events trigger chain reactions of sound material, until a new event is picked up and a new chain reaction takes place. All these sections are interconnected and each has a dominant characteristic that can be anything from a rhythmic fragment to a pitched quality, a sparse texture, a sizzling, crackling, whistling kind of timbre, anything that could dictate the creation of a different meaningful pattern in memory.
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