Jump-Yip by Nicole Chamberlain
Instrumentation: 3c flutes, alto flute, bass flute (includes 4th c flute part to sub for alto flute)
Score and parts
Extended Techniques: Jet Whistle, Tongue Ram, Beat Boxing Syllables, Pitch Bends
Commissioned by the Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma State University, and University of Central Oklahoma flute studios with support from the SWOSU College of Arts and Sciences
Black tailed prairie dogs are common in the state of Oklahoma and have an intricate way of communicating through chatter, squeaks, and yips. A jump-yip is a unique phenomenon found in prairie dogs. A prairie dog will stand and raise its arms above its head, jump, yip, and then fall over on its backside. A jump-yip travels through a colony of prairie dogs much like a yawn is contagious amongst a group of people. The purpose for this act is still in debate.