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A semblance of a whole : for any three instruments with or without amplification

by Vincent Giles (2015)

Work Overview

A Semblance of a Whole is the third piece in a series of works developed while in residence at the Bio 21 Lab/School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne. The first two were commissioned by Melbourne Fringe Festival for installation in Auction Rooms, consequently drawing their material from the molecular makeup of coffee and the sound environment there. Together, the three pieces form a single title taken from Lawrence Weiner; Bits & Pieces Put Together To Present A Semblance Of A Whole.

This piece takes its material from the previous two pieces and is for a trio of any three instruments.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Any three instruments with or without amplification, laptop running Pure Data Extended OR Ableton Live, minimum of three mono-output audio interface, minimum of three independent-feed headphone amplifier (ie. Behringer HA4700), in-ear headphones that allow sound through.  Patches and audio downloadable from composer's website. Email composer for Ableton Live setup.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — High level of rhythmic detail, almost-constant use of extended technique, and improvisation/intuition.

First performance: by Ochre Trio — 29 Nov 15. Sakharov Hall, St Kilda East, Melbourne

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
"Experimental" music, audio score, intuitive music. Influences: Aaron Cassidy


Performances of this work

29 Nov 15: Sakharov Hall, St Kilda East, Melbourne. Featuring Ochre Trio.

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