Bass oboes have not been of a level of technical design to merit a great deal of attention from composers. The lupophon, however, is a true soloist’s instrument offering exceptional acoustic properties, an even and powerful sound and a greater pitch range than any of the other bass oboes. The design and high quality of the key work allows for a great deal of dexterity and versatility. The stability of the acoustics offers the potential for a wide range of contemporary techniques and sounds and in particular multiphonics and harmonics. At present there are no published catalogues of contemporary techniques and sounds.
You can hear this work being used in Michael Finnissy’s Âwâz-e Niyâz both on my CD recording of the work and the video performance in the Performance Videos section.
Other works which include the Lupophon include four my own works for the instrument: Solo 1 and 2 and Dodo's Lament for lupophon and strings. In addition it is used in Edward Cowie's The Colours of Dark Light for oboe (doubling cor anglais and lupophon and string quartet) which I have recorded and is due pout later this year on the Metier Label.