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Bronze Echoes (drum with pre-recorded sound)

by Victoria Pham (2020)

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Performance by Salina Myat, Adam Cooper-Standbury, Hamish Upton from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 131.

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Work Overview

How we reimagine the past can be framed through listening. An unexpected and rather personal piece, Bronze Echoes, is written for a Bronze aged, Vietnamese artefact, a Dong Son Drum. Inspired by theories of the drum's multifunctional purpose, from heralding rain,mimicking natural sounds to warning calls for war and rituals to mark the coming of an eclipse, the piece explores the different textures of the artefact through acoustic solo percussion via transcriptions from Vietnamese Cai Luong (Traditional Opera), Tieng Trong Me Linh, and an electroacoustic track made of recorded samples from the artefact itself. The Dong Son Drum's echoes should serve as a sonic reminder that our past can be reimagined, engaged with and thus, heard in the present.

Work Details

Year: 2020

Instrumentation: Dong son drum, electroacoustic track.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Access to a 3000 year old artefact to perform this work, as well as syncing with a complex electronic track

Dedication note: Dedicated to the Vietnamese diaspora and community, in Australia, Vietnam, France and across the world.

Commission note: Commissioned as part of the RE:SOUNDING Project for BLEED Festival 2020.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:
Electroacoustic, Experimental, Performance Art

Composed for percussionists Salina Myat, Adam Cooper-Standbury and Hamish Upton.

Performances of this work

20 Jul 20: Premiered digitally as part of BLEED Festival 2020. Featuring Salina Myat, Adam Cooper-Standbury, Hamish Upton.

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