God in the machine : for strings, percussion and electronics
by Damian Barbeler (2007)
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Library shelf no. Q 784.7/BAR 1 [Available for loan]
God in the Machine celebrates the 400 year anniversary in 2007 of Monteverdi's La Favola d'Orfeo. The composer reflected on the changes in music since Monteverdi created his Masterwork. New technologies played a prominent role then as now. The Latin "Deus ex Machina" (God in / from the Machine) refers to the magnificent mechanical devises first used in early opera to fly singers on stage magically as if from the heavens. Today our musical technologies are mainly digital. In this work a different interpretation of "Deus Ex Machina" is therefore explored. Here, a sampler and synthesizer are used as mediums for Gods.
Instrumentation: Percussion (6 players), chamber string orchestra, computer synth and keyboard controller, computer sampler and keyboard controller. "Machine Snare" - a snare drum placed on powered speaker (connected to the sampler.. see score for specific detailed notes)
Duration: 15 min.
First performance: 2008. Opera City Concert Hall, as part of the 2008 Takemitsu Composer Awards Finals concert
Composed for the 2008 Takemitsu Composer Awards. Received 3rd prize.
Performances of this work
2008: Opera City Concert Hall, as part of the 2008 Takemitsu Composer Awards Finals concert
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