Tilt - for glissando flute
Tilt (2019) is a piece for solo glissando flute in ABA form. It centers around the gesture of B3 sliding to A3 (see the opening gesture). After the introduction, the A section features multiphonic tremolo passages. The B section highlights the melodic capabilities of the glissando flute, featuring bends in the style of a vocalist or guitarist. The return of the A section includes more singing and playing and an emphatic ending.
The title was drawn from a penalty in pinball games called “tilt.” In pinball, players sometimes nudge or shake the machine to alter the path of the ball. Doing this helps guide the ball to hit jackpots, high scores, and extend the game. If the machine is nudged too strongly, there is a tilt penalty, automatically ending play for the current ball.
Sheet music (6 pages).
Length: 6 minutes
Music video of "Tilt":