Cotton GindustrialItem nr.: TSPCS17-002
Med-Advanced Multipercussion solo
Cotton Gindustrial is Alex Smith’s ode to the invention that changed the world: the cotton gin! This wild and contrasting piece not only requires some demanding performance techniques like speaking and singing, but also requires the performer to trigger a series of audio samples throughout the piece. Some source materials that served as inspiration for this piece are an educational video from the 1950’s on Eli Whitney and the cotton gin, an African American prison song entitled “I Be So Glad...”, and a North English folk song entitled “Leaving of Liverpool.” Cotton Gindustrial comes with a full, bound score and includes a customized software player, and a reference recording of the full piece. Source audio files are also accessible for those wishing not to use the software player.