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Musician and machine

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Musician and machine : composition for large improvising ensemble / Robert Burke.

by Rob Burke (2016)

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  • Instrumentation: Woodwind player 1 (piccolo, flute, clarinet, soprano sax), woodwind player 2 (flute, clarinet, soprano sax, alto sax), woodwind player 3 (flute, clarinet, alto clarinet, tenor sax), woodwind player 4 (alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone sax), 2 violins, viola, cello, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, piano (grand piano - wurlitzer electric piano), guitar, percussion, drum-set, 4 ableton push controllers.
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    Performance by Monash Art Ensemble from the CD Here Now Hear


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The overarching concept of the composition is based on pre-composed ideas that are performed and then fed back to the performance manipulated by musicians that operate the machine (Ableton Push Controller - a electronic device that is at the cutting edge of technology - used by musicians such as seminal artist Professor George Lewis) and musicians performing on traditional instruments. These ideas will be improvised by both classical and jazz musicians and then manipulated by the Ableton Push controller. In a creative sense, it is the capturing of sound and reintroduction into the ensemble's conversation.

In addition to the performers, the audience and the overall sonic environment will have a musical role in the composition.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 21 performance parts (202p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — This work includes expertise in improvisation and interaction - choices

Duration: 25 min.

Commissioned with funds provided by Australia Council, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University.

First performance by Monash Art Ensemble — Oct 16. Monash University Auditorium, VIC

The composer notes the following sytles, genres, influences etc associated with this work:
Electronic, improvisation, art music, Jazz, classical/comtemporary

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