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No Bearing

“No Bearing” is a short work inspired by and derived entirely from the sounds produced by an aluminum yoyo. The piece’s spectral layout, structure, and use of modulation are all intended to reflect the sonic qualities of a spinning ball-bearing yoyo; a droning, consistent low register accompanied by piercing, resonant upper harmonics. Structurally, ‘No Bearing’ has two main sections: an initial, low velocity throw (the first 35 seconds), followed by a more confident one. Two important aspects of the composition are its flurries of high-pitched klangs (sampled and re-pitched by modulating playback speed with a random number generator) and frequent modulations that cross over and under the 20Hz threshold (through the use of LFOs and ring modulation).