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Cradles : for percussion duo, with live or pre-recorded Wurlitzer e-piano

by Thomas Meadowcroft (2013)

Audio Sample

Performance by Speak Percussion from the CD Percussion Works

Percussion Works


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Percussion Works / Thomas Meadowcroft ; Speak Percussion.

Library shelf no. CD 3122 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Cradles is a lullaby, to help put treasured analogue musical equipment to bed. The work takes its inspiration from the sensuous, tactile relationship between a performer and his or her instrument.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: 2 reel-to-reel tape machines, spliced audio tape, bells (suspended), finger cymbals, various assorted shakers, castanets, Japanese toy drums, various assorted chimes (shells, wood, goats' toes nails, light bulbs, light metal etc.) (suspended), glockenspiel/glockenspiel bars, stereo PA, keyboard (electric piano and/or transistor organ), OR playback (combinations of analogue playback: reel to reel tape machines, record players etc.).

Duration: 10 min.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Julian Burnside, Speak Percussion

Commission note: Commissioned by Maerzmusik Berlin, Julian Burnside.

First performance: at Speak Percussion at Berliner Festspiele (Haus der Berliner Festspiele) on 16 Mar 2013


Resonate article: Featured video - Thomas Meadowcroft's Cradles by Australian Music Centre

Performances of this work

24 Oct 2014: at Speak Percussion in Hong Kong (2B, 3/F, Blue Box Factory Building). Featuring Speak Percussion.

16 Aug 2014: at Speak Percussion: Circuit (Iwaki Auditorium). Featuring Speak Percussion.

16 Mar 2013: at Speak Percussion at Berliner Festspiele (Haus der Berliner Festspiele).

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