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Cruel and usual

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Cruel and usual : for string quartet and four bass amplifiers / Cat Hope.

by Cat Hope (2011)

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  • Instrumentation: String quartet, four bass amplifiers, 4 pickups running to Max MSP patch, sending to bass amplifiers. four networked computers to read score
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    Performance by Atticus String Quartet, Sam Dunscombe from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 42.


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Cruel and Usual is a work inspired by an article by the Al Jazzera news service that discusses the use of solitary confinement in US prisons as incarceration rates explode in the USA. In some cases, prisoners have remained in solitary for over 38 years, or may even be children, and the reasons for going in there are not always clear or legitimate. This kind of confinement is known as 'no touch torture' by some.
In this work the string players are sampled at certain small moments of the piece, and 'translated' into much lower ranges instantaneously, which fade out or grow, and are sometimes 'distorted'. The use of drone - long notes that change very little - acts as a descriptive metaphor for the lives of these that may find themselves in these situations.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (4p. -- A3 (landscape))

Difficulty: Medium — graphic score

Duration: 8 mins

Dedication note: Dedicated to Judith Hamman.
Commission info: Commissioned by Atticus String Quartet.

First performance by Atticus String Quartet at Atticus (Northcote Uniting Church) on 26 Sep 2011

Graphic score.

Includes performance instructions.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720128-60-3

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This work is also available in the following products:

Ephemeral Rivers
CD: Ephemeral Rivers : chamber works / Cat Hope.

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 42.
CD: Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 42.


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