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Work

The machine : for piano and string quartet

by Rae Howell (2002, this version: 2007)

Audio Sample

Performance by Sunwrae Ensemble from the CD Autumn never fall

Sunwrae live at the Thornbury Theatre.

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CD

Sunwrae live at the Thornbury Theatre.

Library shelf no. CD 2665 [Available for loan]

Autumn never fall

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CD

Autumn never fall / Sunwrae.

Library shelf no. CD 2658 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The Machine was originally written (2002) for piano & vocals and scored (in 2007) for piano & string quartet… to emulate the city (Melbourne), as a machine…There's too many robots that can't resist the pull of the machine…There's billowing smoke…The 9 to 5, the conservative smile… (And then the countryside, the den, the niche….). So he retires to his den~ I'm kinda glad he's freed himself, of the machine, and all the things that make the world a darker place to be. The big smoke has driven him home… to his niche. Temptation has gone, my mind's at ease…

Work Details

Year: 2002, this version: 2007

Instrumentation: Piano, string quartet.

Duration: 7 min.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Andy Armstrong who escaped 'the machine' long ago.

The Machine has also been animated for short film (by Tom Fraser), to which the music can be performed live to. The film & live performance was toured nationally in Australia (with the album release 'Autumn Never Fall') in April/May 2009.

Performances of this work

4 Jun 09: The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne. Featuring Sunwrae Ensemble.

22 May 09: The Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane Queensland. Featuring Rachael Kim, Zac Johnston, Phoebe Green, Julian Swinnerton, Rae Howell.

25 May 08: Manchester Lane, Melbourne Victoria. Featuring Rachael Kim, Zac Johnston, Aw Su Ying, Tim Blake, Rae Howell.

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