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The voice of the phoenix (1) (studio produced electronic music)

by Gordon Monro (1996)

Audio Sample

From the CD Computer-synthesised music

Cocks crow, dogs bark


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Cocks crow, dogs bark : new compositional intentions.

Library shelf no. CD 488 [Not for loan]

Computer-synthesised music


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Work Overview

The Voice of the Phoenix (1) is a tape piece created by digital synthesis, using a chaotic process derived from a system of differential equations used to model the sun's magnetic field (the sunspot cycle). The piece consists of the output of 13 chaotic oscillators, being driven for the most part by parameters which take them to the edge of instability.

The title refers to the mythical bird reborn in fire, and one can perhaps imagine such a creature living in the hot turbulent gases of the sun's atmosphere. (Also, the French fast breeder nuclear reactor was called 'Phénix'.)

— Gordon Monro

Work Details

Year: 1996

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: N/A - Not for live performance

First performance: 19 Oct 96. Pure Sound concert, Old Darlington School, Sydney University

Performances of this work

19 Oct 96: Pure Sound concert, Old Darlington School, Sydney University

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