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Sensitive spot : amplified piano and recordings

by Kate Moore (2007)

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Dances and canons


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Dances and canons / Kate Moore ; Saskia Lankhoorn, piano.

Library shelf no. CD 2577 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

Sensitive Spot is about tempo, in particular the slight variations and gradations of one person's personal perception of metric timing. Many takes of the same piece are recorded and overlaid, pinpointing a musical phenomena that would normally be associated with error - the inability of any human to have an exact sense of metronomic timing. In this case it is used to create something that aspires toward beauty resulting in an intricate tapestry of interwoven rhythmic patterns.

Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: Amplified piano, recordings.

First performance: by Ensemble Offspring, SCM Electronics at A Wealth of Sound (Eugene Goossens Hall) on 4 May 2010

Included in a collection of performance installation pieces by the composer called "Rain Project" the piece received a cultural prize by the city of The Hague in the Netherlands supported DeKomeet, Fonds 1818 and Gemeente Den Haag.

This piece was originally commissioned by Ensemble Modelo62 in 2006 for who it was written as an instrumental piece for their line-up. This version was premiered at TAG in March 2006. It was subsequently arranged for solo pianist Saskia Lankhoorn in 2007.


Resonate article: Featured video: Kate Moore's Sensitive Spot (Saskia Lankhoorn) by Australian Music Centre


Sensitive Spot

This video was recorded @ Bimhuis Amsterdam for VPRO Vrije Geluiden. Vrije Geluiden is a music program made by the Dutch public broadcast organisation VPRO."


Performances of this work

13 Dec 2011: at Lisa Moore (The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre). Featuring Lisa Moore.

26 Feb 2011: at Ensemble Offspring (Campbelltown Arts Centre). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

20 Feb 2011: at Ensemble Offspring (The Street Theatre, Canberra). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

4 May 2010: at A Wealth of Sound (Eugene Goossens Hall). Featuring Ensemble Offspring, SCM Electronics.

2009: MATA. Featuring Stephen Gosling.

Jun 08: USA. Featuring David Friend.

Sep 07: Korzo Theater. Featuring Saskia Lankhoorn.

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