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Music for mechanical instruments : electro-acoustic work

by Caroline Wilkins (1986)

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Performance by Caroline Wilkins from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists

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Caroline Wilkins


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Caroline Wilkins : CD 2

Library shelf no. CD 2293 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

The allure of the work lies in its association with the movements and interactions that take place within a mechanism. The re-grouping of diverse sound sources eludes all narrative. As for the musical material, it is based on a collection of instruments dating from an epoque of the past, such as clocks, musical boxes, barrel organs and shellac discs. These instruments are re-examined and put into play outside of their context in order to accent their tonal imperfections and shift the attention of the listener to their purely mechanical character - this in such a way that the ear never ceases to cross between the musical and the mechanical.

Work Details

Year: 1986

Instrumentation: Electronic tape.

Duration: 12 min.

Contents note: Clock Piece -- Piece for musical boxes -- Piece for several mechanical instruments.

First performance: 1987. Sydney

Performances of this work

6 Sep 87: New-Musicale, Linden Gallery St. Kilda, Melbourne

1987: The Performance Space, Sydney

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