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A new musical masochism (performance art)

by Michaela Davies (2015)

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The Australian Music Centre's catalogue does not include any recordings or sheet music of this work. This entry is for information purposes only.

It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

A New Musical Masochism explores the way physical and psychological constraint can determine musical outcomes and extend sonic possibilities, in a game of enslavement within a field of masochistic/musical indeterminacy. The musical masochist's contract (or score) is enforced physical obligation determined by electrical impulses sent to the muscles, generating specific involuntary movements. Just as the process of musical indeterminacy aims to free the artist from the shackles of his or her own preferences, during play the masochist seeks experiences that exceed the limits of his or her own imagination.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Solo double bass and electric muscle stimulation.

Duration: 14 min.

Commission note: Commissioned by Oliver Bown and Lian Loke for Vivid Music: Musify+Gamify

First performance: at Musify Gamify: Concert 1 (Seymour Centre) on 29 May 2015

Performances of this work

29 May 2015: at Musify Gamify: Concert 1 (Seymour Centre).

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