Game over : for instrumental soloists, string orchestra and electronics
by Brett Dean (2000)
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We've all heard it many times...the promises of a life of luxury,
fame and fortune that are the product of our media dominated
world. How would you spend a million dollars? Where is the
perfect holiday destination? What makes for true happiness in a
TV life? Game Over is about the real emptiness that lies
smirking behind the facade of day-glo, prime-time dreams, the
realisation that instant wealth isn't an answer anyway.
Originally produced as part of an electronic sound installation
entitled "hundreds and thousands" for the millennium celebrations
in Berlin, "Game Over", with its 7 instrumental soloists, chamber
orchestra, sampler and multi-track sound design, has evolved into
a live tone poem of unrealisable desires for a flailing
generation. It all starts as an innocent story...a young man
tells briefly of his family background ("I'm a Chicago boy"). The
Bang on a Can soloists, together with Richard Tognetti's electric
violin, tentatively join in the game, playing almost like
contestants of a show, each with their own stories,
idiosyncracies and characters whilst the solid, corporate edifice
of the orchestral strings gradually lays down the ground rules by
which the game must be played.
© Brett Dean, 2000
Instrumentation: Clarinet, electric guitar, drums, electric violin, cello solo, double bass solo, piano, resultant sound, sampler, CD, string orchestra.
Duration: 13 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Australian Chamber Orchestra.
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