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In the cut : for violin, cello, bass clarinet, distorted bass guitar and turntable

by Cat Hope (2009)

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Performance by Decibel from the CD Disintegration: Mutation

Disintegration: Mutation


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Disintegration: Mutation / Decibel.

Library shelf no. CD 2162 [Not for loan]

In the cut


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In the cut : for violin, cello, bass clarinet, distorted bass guitar and turntable / Cat Hope.

Library shelf no. Q 785.46415/HOP 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This piece is a study in decline, in particular pitch decline, and the decline of structure and melody. The work begins in the high range of instruments and journeys constantly downward in pitch until the instruments have no tuning left at all, just a loose string or open embouchure. The turntable has a 10" record that plays a descending tone (made especially for the work) that links the bass guitar to the acoustic instruments. In the Cut is a novel by Susanne Moore published in 1999, later adapted into a film directed by Jane Campion. This piece is inspired by the slow burning eroticism that accompanies the disintegration that takes place in that story.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Bass clarinet, bass guitar, violin, cello, turntable with subwoofer speaker.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Medium

First performance: by Decibel at Decibel (WAAPA Music Auditorium) on 10 Sep 2009


Resonate article: Insight: Drawing music by Cat Hope


Performances of this work

6 Dec 2014: at No Encore (Luna Outdoor Cinema). Featuring Decibel.

10 Sep 2009: at Decibel (WAAPA Music Auditorium). Featuring Decibel.

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