Sheet Music: Score
Astatine : for saxophone, accordion, cello & electronics / Paul Clift.
by Paul Clift (2019)
I try to avoid consistently drawing upon the same sources as
reference materials; there have been long periods when I was
influenced by the textures of abstract expressionist art, or
Fassbinder, or Mayakovsky, or less obvious things, such as the
grammatical syntaxes of foreign languages. I am still fascinated
by these things and people, but am finding myself to be
increasingly influenced by less conventional notions, like
complex mechanical machines, studies of the behaviour of light,
or, in the case of this piece, the properties of exotic chemical
Astatine is the rarest naturally-occurring element on earth; it comes into existence through the decay of heavier elements, and itself decays away within anything from a fraction of a second to a few hours; it is estimated that at any given moment, less than a gram of it exists in the earth's crust. It is therefore part of a process of the destruction of matter, of the sudden entropic scattering of quantum energy which had laid inert for aeons. "...only the allegory of the Empire remains." The nature of this barely-more-than-hypothetical substance was, for me, metaphorically rich when considered alongside the evolution/decay of sonic material, both through the application of various transformative processes within the piece itself and due to the refractive distortion of musical entities in our memory.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (47p. -- A4 (portrait))
Duration: 13 mins
First performance by Trio Saetenwind — 13 Sep 19. Musikfestival Bern, Switzerland
Includes performance directions.
This edition produced 15 Apr 20.
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