Time and fevers burn away (found/unconventional instruments)
by Ross Bolleter (2014)
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Film maker, Rob Castiglione and I were staying at Nallan Sheep Station, and we needed some recordings of birdsong. Rob photographed the moon, and I strained to hear birdsong through the unrelenting chug of the generator. Finally, I figured that, given its name, there must be water at Milly's Soak, and where there was water, there must certainly be birds. When we arrived, we found that the well was dry, and the birdsong faint. I read the sign informing us that Milly's Soak had been a favourite picnic spot when gold was flush, and that people had cycled the seventeen kilometres from Cue to swim and socialize there. Drowsy, I wandered into the bush and found the graves of three people who had died of typhoid fever in the 1890s. It took me a moment to register that one of these graves was much more recent - In Loving Memory of David Edward Crewe Kiffin-Petersen 1942-1997 Much loved husband of April, Father of Edwina and Emma Peacefully resting on Nallan Station in the country that he loved.
I sat for a while, trying to take it in. Then we drove back to the Masonic Hall, and I improvised this elegy for Dave.
Instrumentation: Solo ruined piano.
Duration: 6 min.
Difficulty: N/A - Not for live performance
Dedication note: Dedicated to David Edward Crewe Kiffin-Petersen
- In the form/style of: Experimental music
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