Floaters uses "pandiatonic" harmonies that create a floating dissonance, giving the piece a somewhat ambiguous tonality though it's mainly written in A major. Most everything in Floaters evolves from the melody and harmony heard in the opening measures. My technique involves devising a melody or theme that holds up as a single expression but can be broken down into distinctive parts that are recognizable when they reappear in an assortment of combinations, creating new melodic lines. The accordion's ability for sustaining chords of stacked tones is explored as well as its dramatic staccato emphasis.
Performed by Steve Mobia.
(for free bass accordion) © 2005, Steve Mobia