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Space, Is Anybody Out There? : A work for solo violin, morse code and tape

by Cathy Applegate (2018)

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Work Overview

The work is inspired by sounds from space collected by NASA - these are incorporated into the backing tape. The rhythm of the piece is taken from the morse code derived from the text "Hello? Is anybody out there? Cooee! Hello? Cooee! Is anybody out there?"
Morse code has very strict rules for the number of beats per dot, dash, and the gaps between letters and words. The work follows this faithfully and each letter has it's own bar and motif. The middle section is freer before returning to the dot-dash rhythm. The performance starts with a short introduction by the tape that includes a dramatic statement in morse code before the violin enters.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Violin, backing tape (electronics).

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Rhythmically challenging; range includes very high notes.

Written for: Monica Naselow

Commission note: Commissioned by the Darwin Festival 2018.

First performance: by Monica Naselow — 12 Aug 18. Browns Mart Theatre , Darwin, NT

This work explores new ideas and uses the violin in an exploratory fashion - but is very accessible to any audience.

Performances of this work

12 Aug 18: Browns Mart Theatre , Darwin, NT. Featuring Monica Naselow.

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