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Heaven only empty : for bass clarinet, vibraphone, drumkit & turntable

by Damien Ricketson (2014)

Heaven only empty


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Heaven only empty : for bass clarinet, vibraphone, drumkit and turntable / Damien Ricketson.

Library shelf no. 785.5614/RIC 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Heaven Only Empty is an extractable quartet from The Secret Noise: a collection of works inspired by music-making that has been deliberately shielded from public life. Other works in the series explore a variety of secret and private music-making ranging from forbidden ceremonial music to 'legally extinguished' compositions to music cliques and the growth of the ubiquitous headphone. Heaven Only Empty is a playful response to 'backmasking': the tradition of hiding secret messages in vinyl recordings. The work is a mashup of three golden- era rock songs that have variously been accused of containing subliminal messages when played backwards. The turntablist in the ensemble conceptually interferes with the bass clarinet, vibraphone and drumkit by skipping, rewinding and generally manipulating the speed and direction in which the rest of the band play their music. For further information about the project visit: www.thesecretnoise.com

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Bass clarinet, vibraphone, drumkit, turntable.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: 'The Secret Noise' was created with support from the Australia Council for the Arts (music & dance initiative), the City of Sydney and Ensemble Offspring’s ‘Noisy Egg Creation Fund’.

First performance: by Ensemble Offspring — 20 Nov 14. premiered as part of The Secret Noise, Lower Sydney Town Hall

Performances of this work

23 Jun 2016: at ANAM Australian Voices: Damien Ricketson (The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

20 Nov 14: premiered as part of The Secret Noise, Lower Sydney Town Hall. Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

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