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Not by halves : for four sustaining instruments

by Damien Ricketson (2015)

Not by halves


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Not by halves : for four sustaining instruments / Damien Ricketson.

Library shelf no. 785/RIC 4 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Not by Halves continues my interest in the 'open-form' in music. That is, music in which there is no single version, but rather a deliberate multitude of possible versions. In the tradition of John Zorn's 'game pieces', Not by Halves is a text-based work: a set of rules that governs the way in which performers cooperate without specifying exactly how they should sound. Scored for any quartet of homogenous instruments and looking more like a flowchart than a traditional score, the game plays out in two halves (plus a half-time intermezzo), whereby the musicians try to halve prevailing musical structures such as pitch and rhythm that in turn triggers chains of interactions and musical patterns. (Damien Ricketson)

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: A rule-based musical environment for four similar-sounding sustaining instruments. (For example: 4 wind players, string quartet, 4 electric guitars, etc.)

Duration: 7 min.

Commission note: Commissioned for Ensemble Offspring.. Commissioned by Musify+Gamify

First performance: by Ensemble Offspring at Musify Gamify: Concert 1 (Seymour Centre) on 29 May 2015

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Open score, game-piece, John Zorn

Flexible duration 6-10 mins.

Performances of this work

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

29 May 2015: at Musify Gamify: Concert 1 (Seymour Centre). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

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