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Platinum fox : chamber ensemble

by Cat Hope (2012)

Audio Sample

Performance by Lucas O'Brien, Clare Tunney, Bruce Thompson, Alan Lourens, Louise Devenish, Phil Waldron from the CD Luminosity



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Luminosity : musical treasures from UWA

Library shelf no. CD 2457 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

The platinum fox is a mutant form of the silver fox, it's platinum condition resulting from a dominant mutant gene form arisen spontaneously in many unrelated, geographically scattered fox litters since 1933. This piece explores the idea of small surprises from what seems a given route or outcome, and a fascination with the texture of sound itself when it is simply slid between and away from tempered pitches. The languishing tones and smooth explorations of pitch use profiles and silhouettes of the fox as a point of inspiration. Cat's scores use a scrolling score technique, where the performers read the score in motion on tablet computers. The work is dedicated to my friend Lisa MacKinney. The programming for the score reader is by Lindsay Vickery and Aaron Wyatt.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: Violin, cello, double bass, tuba, tubular bells.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — graphic score

Dedication note: Dedicated to Lisa McKinney

Commission note: Commissioned by the University of Western Australia

This work is to be read in the Decibel Score player. You can download it here https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/decibel-scoreplayer/id622591851?mt=8


You will need a file to insert into the player: you can download it here


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