A Gulf Stream dream: a merging of steel pan orchestra and chamber orchestra
Rouse, André J.
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The steel pan and its associated music were first intended to serve carnival and its revelers who would be parading around the streets of Trinidad & Tobago during carnival time. The tradition has progressed from a single instrument - a pan with two notes - into a steel pan orchestra that includes instrumental voices ranging from soprano to bass. The timbre of the instrument is directly affected when deciding how big or small of a note is desired. This will in turn effect the sound of music when mixing the steel pan with other instruments, whether it be another steel pan or an instrument from the brass or woodwind family. My intention is to begin to expand and modify the performance context and the acoustic and cultural spaces in which this instrumental ensemble has been located and contained.