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Black Transits

by Empty Ensemble



Black Transits is a piece of musique concrète turning the urban environmental sounds of the Seattle mass transit system into a three-part work.

1. Exposition: Departure
2. Development: Absence
3. Recapitulation: Return

The first part of the piece lays out its themes in an organic collage tethered to reality while still being apart from it. The second part develops those themes in a more traditional, musical sense. The third part brings the listener back to reality, providing one last statement of the main theme.

Was this an intentional structure? To be honest, not really.

I hadn't tried to create a piece of pure musique concrète till now, and I ran purely on instinct. This structure is my best retrospective description of what it became.


released January 27, 2023

Greg Bueno: sound design

Recorded on various buses and light rail trains around Seattle, WA, 2017. Mixed in the Closet West, 2017.

Cover photography by Greg Bueno


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