Secret Sandhills (found/unconventional instruments)
by Ross Bolleter (2005)
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The genesis of Secret Sandhills
I began the creation of Secret Sandhills in 2000. It was inspired by Timmy Payungka Tjapangati's painting Secret Sandhills. He painted Secret Sandhills in the oppressive, desolate and poverty-stricken conditions of the government settlement at Papunya, 250 miles west of Alice Springs, in 1972. The artist used synthetic polymer powder paint on a piece of irregularly shaped masonite (particle board), picked up in the Papunya rubbish dump. It also seems that he painted over a previous painting.
The musical composition doesn't draw on the painting as a visual
score, but rather as a force field of luminous power--a matrix of
the timeful and the timeless--created out of its own inner
necessity. Regarding the six ruined pianos on which I improvised
elements of Secret Sandhills, four are from
Alice Springs, which is to the east of Timmy Tjapangati's
country, and two ruined pianos are from the Murchison goldfields
of Western Australia - far to the south west of his country.
These two aggregations of ruined pianos flank, from opposite
sides of the desert, Timmy Tjapangati's country of birth and
Instrumentation: Six ruined pianos.
Duration: 28 min.
Difficulty: N/A - Not for live performance
Dedication note: Dedicated to the memory of Timmy Payungka Tjapangarti (c. 1940-2000)
First performance: 2005. Performed in 5.1 surround as part of Tura's Totally Huge New Music Festival at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
- In the form/style of: Experimental music
Performances of this work
2005: Performed in 5.1 surround as part of Tura's Totally Huge New Music Festival at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
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