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Dive process : electroacoustic

by Chris Perren (2015)

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The Australian Music Centre's catalogue does not include any recordings or sheet music of this work. This entry is for information purposes only.

It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

Dive Process is an exploration of polyrhythmic patterns in sound and vision. The Violin, Clarinet and Vibraphone repeat patterns of 6, 7, and 8 measures in length respectively. These cycles are mirrored by the looped video footage of the divers; each part is always represented by one or more divers on screen. This is most noticeable at the beginning of each cycle, aligning with the splash which can be seen and heard coinciding with the first note of the pattern.

As the phrases are developed into more complex iterations, the divers on screen also multiply into a kaleidoscope of synchronised motion. Despite the increasing complexity, the original cycles dictate the form throughout, and the piece comes to its close when the 3 parts finally realign. In this way I aim to discover a kind of complexity which is grown from simplicity.

Dive Process is part of a continuing pursuit in my practice to elucidate interesting rhythmic and temporal patterns in both sound and vision. The music and images are composed together as a single integrated work, so that the complex rhythms maybe seen as well as heard. The result is a kind of audiovisual music where repetition strips the images of their representative power, allowing the rhythmic motion of the image to become part of the abstract form of the music.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Violin, clarinet, vibraphone, video, tape.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Commissioned by Ensemble Offspring with funds provided by Australia Council.

First performance: by Ensemble Offspring at Ensemble Offspring: Light is Calling (Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre) on 14 May 2015

The composer notes the following subjects, genres, styles, etc associated with this work:
audiovisual, minimalist, post-minimalist, phasing, polyrhythm, electroacoustic


Performances of this work

2 Oct 2015: at Light is Calling (Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

14 May 2015: at Ensemble Offspring: Light is Calling (Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

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