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Noise husbandry

Digital Sheet Music [PDF]: Score

Noise husbandry : [eScore] / composition and sound design: James Humberstone.

by James Humberstone (2015)

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  • Instrumentation: B flat clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), flute, (doubling alto and bass flute), percussion (2 players), piano (piano recording), samples/synthesisers (optional).
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    Performance by Ensemble Offspring, James Humberstone, Michael Rohanek from the CD Noise husbandry


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Noise Husbandry is an electroacoustic work commissioned for the new "Action Stations" permanent exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Evocative of life at sea, its movements weave eclectic styles as outlined in the collaboration with ANMM ... fusing industrial sounds with cinematic thematic work, playlists from popular music of the time the vessels served with confronting new music, soundscape with motif and theme...

The result of a two-year collaboration with the museum and teams outside the museum (MOD Prods, famous for ACO Virtual, did the interactive programming, narrative, and visual design, and Ensemble Offspring performed the recordings and premiered the concert version), Humberstone documented the compositional process on this specially created timeline website, great for students studying recent Australian music.

While some of the music is challenging or requires knowledge of synthesis to perform, much of it is very approachable and could easily be performed by players of an intermediate standard.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 digital (PDF) facsimile score (101p. -- A4 (landscape))

Difficulty: Medium — Some movements are virtuosic, but most are simple

Duration: 70 min.

Contents note:

1. crossing the line I -- 2. crossing the line II -- 3. crossing the line III -- 4. crossing the line IV -- 5. codes -- 6. mate-ship -- 7. in memorium: HMAS Voyager -- 8. gun bay -- 9. family -- 10. second secrets -- 11. seventh secrets -- 12. chamber surgery -- 13. nerve centre -- 14. waves -- 15 palindromes.

Commission info: Commissioned to be used in an interactive installation on board HMAS Vampire and HMAS Onslow on Darling Harbour as part of the new "Action Stations" permanent exhibition

First performance by Ensemble Offspring at Noise Husbandry (Australian National Maritime Museum) on 6 Aug 2016

Includes performance directions and programme notes.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Experimental, film soundtrack, multimedia, Satie, musical cryptography, sound design, electronics, acoustic

Mechanical copyright of the original recordings is owned by the Australian National Maritime Museum. They can be contacted for copies of the recordings.

Recorded by Ensemble Offspring for the installation, 2015

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