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Their Lives Are Stripped of Meaning

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Their Lives Are Stripped of Meaning / Cat Hope.

by Cat Hope (2018)


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In 2016, Australian author Richard Flanagan made a statement in a response to the Australian Government's policy on the treatment of refugees arriving in Australia by boat, which involves detention. "Their lives are stripped of meaning." In this piece, the vocalist sings these words, but they become incomprehensible as they are separated out over the 8 minutes of the piece; a direct reference to the indeterminate length of detention that Australia enforces upon refugees. Time passes, we forget and our ability to understand becomes difficult. In addition, the electronic part is created by sampling the instruments at certain moments in the piece, and strips away the timbral characteristics of the work, another metaphor for the consequences of this treatment of our fellow human beings.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (10p. -- A4 (landscape))

Difficulty: Advanced — max msp patch, highly controlled sound, graphic score

Duration: 8 min.

Commissioned by Callum G'Froerer, Oliva Stahn.

First performance by Callum G'Froerer, Oliva Stahn — May 18. Ölberg-Kirche, Berlin, Germany

Please note, this is a study score for research use. It is reproduced in standard book format with page breaks inserted to facilitate page turns.

For performance, a copy of the continuous (or scroll) format score is available. Please see the "Score [ePDF]" version of the work in the 'Related Products' section below.

The Decibel ScorePlayer, an iPad application that puts the score in motion and coordinates the performance, is required for performance of this work.

Contribute submitted additional notes:

DOI: 0.26180/5c5d8ce4a2e59

To perform this piece you will need the Decibel ScorePlayer, an iPad application that puts the score in motion and coordinates the performance.

Graphic notation edition

ISMN: 979-0-67311-840-9

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