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(A)Biotic Forces : for solo prepared guitar

by Joseph Franklin (2021)

Work Overview

(A)Biotic Forces for solo prepared guitar is part of a series of works that explore abiotic factors (nonbiological factors that affect biological processes) that decentre the human composer and performer, and challenge human-centric understandings of creative agency. This work is a reflection of the land and water of Gippsland, in the Gunaikurnai nation, where I grew up. I transcribed, transferred, transposed the work from my solo contrabass guitar practice. This transference of material from bodies to bodies, situatedness to situatedness, and context to context, is a process of expanding my solo bass practice to include performers, instruments, and ensembles.

Work Details

Year: 2021

Instrumentation: Nylon string guitar, preparations, wood chimes (optional), kick drum (optional).

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: My gratitude to Tom Stewart-Toner and Ken Murray for sharing their expertise during the development of the work.

Commission note: Commissioned by University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.. Commissioned for the Guitar Perspectives Composition Award. With thanks to Peter and Rasika Crowley for their generous support of this award.

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