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Hokusai Mixtape (quartets: flute, viola, harp, live electronics)

by Tristan Coelho (2021)

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Work Overview

Hokusai Mixtape is an immersive, richly textured work comprising flute, viola, harp and live electronic sounds. The piece draws inspiration from Debussy's "Sonata" and Takemitsu's, "And then I knew 'twas Wind". These two works occupy a similar space of dreamlike reflection and occasional surges of activity, all wrapped up in an elusive sound world. Debussy was known to be deeply inspired by Japanese culture. A copy of Hokusai's famous artwork, "The Great Wave off Kanagawa", hung beside his desk. Takemitsu's piece was written in response to Debussy's, and my work, Hokusai Mixtape, acknowledges both pieces through subtle quotation, remixing and electronic manipulation of various elements. The piece takes the hypothetical form of an old cassette 'mixtape' where memories of different songs are collaged together and clouded by tape hiss, distortions and imperfections.

Work Details

Year: 2021

Instrumentation: flute, viola, harp, live electronics

Duration: 17 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Contra Concerts

First performance: by Jonathan Henderson, James Wannan, Emily Granger, Tristan Coelho — 20 May 21. 'Contra Concerts - Digital Debussy', Holy Trinity Hall, Fortitude Valley, QLD

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:
Glitch, dubstep

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2022 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Chamber Music Winner Tristan Coelho


Hokusai Mixtape


Performances of this work

20 May 21: 'Contra Concerts - Digital Debussy', Holy Trinity Hall, Fortitude Valley, QLD. Featuring Jonathan Henderson, James Wannan, Emily Granger, Tristan Coelho.

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