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Anthozoa : electroacoustic

by Daniel Blinkhorn (2011)

Audio Sample

Performance by Música Viva Loudspeaker Orchestra from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists

Selected works by AMC represented artists


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Selected works by AMC represented artists : vol. 12.

Library shelf no. CD 2251 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Structurally, the composition depicts the many and varied shapes of coral reefs, from their jagged yet intricately textured features, to the dramatic variegations of size, depth and density. The sound shapes created in the piece are designed to describe my impressions of coral reefs.

There are only two sound sources within the composition, that of a prepared piano (more specifically a single D note) and a composite recording of coral. The composite coral recording is comprised of two field recordings; one was captured in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and the other is from a coral reef off the coast of Barbados in the West Indies.

I have used the prepared piano note as a central pitch axis for the work, providing a metaphor for the clear, unbroken line of an ocean horizon, whilst the remaining material consists almost entirely from the (largely unprocessed) composite coral recording that can be heard beginning from 1:25 in the piece.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Instrumentation: 5.1 surround sound system + stereo work for multichannel sound diffusion system.

Duration: 12 min.

Dedication note: special thanks to EcoSono for making the Barbados field recordings possible

First performance: by Música Viva Loudspeaker Orchestra — 2011. Musica Viva Festival 2011, Portugal

Includes field recordings from the Great Barrier Reef and Bonaire Coral Reef.

The work was composed in the Studio Alpha, Visby International Centre for Composers, Sweden and the composer’s home studio in Sydney, Australia.

Winner Música Viva 2011 International Composition Competition for Electroacoustic Music.

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2011 International Electroacoustic Composition Competition Música Viva Winner Daniel Blinkhorn


Performances of this work

2011: Musica Viva Festival 2011, Portugal. Featuring Música Viva Loudspeaker Orchestra.

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