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Banksias under snow : (Temporal mirror c.a. 20 000 BP) for clarinet/bass clarinet, electric guitar, pedal harp, flute/alto flute & electronics

by Josten Myburgh (2021)

Work Overview

This work uses field recordings from Wiilman Noongar and Palawa Country. The source material for the pitched materials in the piece is a handful of chords from Peter Sculthorpe's "Snow, Moon and Flowers" from the Night Pieces. Field recordings are filtered to pitches extrapolated from these chords, in combination with the instruments and microtonal sine waves. The piece plays poetically with concepts of translocation of place and the notion of multiple times existing simultaneously, inspired by the vision of Noongar Country in the last ice age after seeing snowcapped banksia trees on kunanyi/Mount Wellington.

Work Details

Year: 2021

Instrumentation: Clarinet/bass clarinet, flute/alto flute, electric guitar, pedal harp, electronics.

Duration: 23 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Not difficult instrumentally, but explores potentially difficult concepts of ensemble coordination including indeterminacy, and live electronics.

Commission note: Commissioned by GreyWing Ensemble.

First performance: by GreyWing Ensemble — 29 Jan 22. Lost Eden Creative, Dwellingup WA

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:
Developed some ways of working with instruments and field recordings initially proposed in Sculthorpe Studies (2019).

Performances of this work

29 Jan 22: Lost Eden Creative, Dwellingup WA. Featuring GreyWing Ensemble.

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