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Oracle Chamber (duos: flute, saxophone with pre-recorded sound)

by Amanda Cole (2020)

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The Australian Music Centre's catalogue does not include any recordings or sheet music of this work. This entry is for information purposes only.

It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

This duet for low woodwind instruments and sine tones conjures up the eerie resonant tones that might have echoed throughout The Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni in Malta 5000 years ago in what is believed to be the oldest prehistoric underground temple in the world. Within this subterranean structure is a unique space called 'The Oracle Chamber', which is carved out of solid limestone and has incredible acoustic properties. When particular low notes including the low C# played in this piece are sounded, they resonate throughout the entire structure.

Work Details

Year: 2020

Instrumentation: Bass flute, baritone saxophone, sine tones (fixed stereo electronic music part).

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by James Nightingale, Lamorna Nightingale.

First performance: by Lamorna Nightingale, James Nightingale at James & Lamorna Nightingale (Live streaming event (online only)) on 30 Jun 2020

The composer has noted the following styles, genres, influences, etc. associated with this work:
Just Intonation, ambient, meditative.

The woodwind instruments tune to a just intonation pentatonic scale by listening to the pitches in the electronic music.

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Performances of this work

30 Jun 2020: at James & Lamorna Nightingale (Live streaming event (online only)). Featuring Lamorna Nightingale, James Nightingale.

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