Two by Four

by Tom Baker

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Two by Four is a work for two clarinetists, each of whom plays two clarinets simultaneously. The piece explores three musical spaces: the opening calls exclusively for multiphonics in both parts; the middle section requires one player to improvise patterns while circular breathing, creating a murmur of sound with which the second player interacts; finally the chorale-like third section features all four clarinets. The improvised parts of the middle section are modeled after sounds pioneered on the saxophone by Evan Parker and on the clarinet by François Houle. Two by Four is dedicated to my good friends Jesse Canterbury and William O. Smith.

This track is included on a CD by these two talented clarinetists, entitlted Collage/DeCollage, available at


released January 1, 2005

Recorded and mixed by Doug Haire ( at Jack Straw Productions in Seattle.
Mastered by Barry Corliss at Master Works in Seattle.
Produced by Jesse Canterbury and William O. Smith for Present Sounds Recordings.



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