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Time Flies When You're Having Fun : For oboe and fixed media electronics

by Drew Crawford (2012, this version: 2021)

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Performance by Nicole Canham, Drew Crawford from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 33.

This sample is of the Solo Other Woodwind with electronics version of this work

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Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 33.

Version: This product features the Solo Other Woodwind with electronics version of this work

Library shelf no. CD 2469 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

This piece was partly inspired by a review of the work of video artist Pipilotti Rist in the New Yorker on the 27th September 2010, where art critic Peter Schjeldahl wrote that "Her pop cultural affinities don't unite high and low so much as make them seem like interchangeable engines of pleasure."

I liked this description so much - and it chimed so well with the way I think about and work with music - it became a kind of manifesto for the piece, and prompted the title as I began to discuss with Nicole the themes of time passing in the Hourglass project.

My approach was playful and joyous, taking samples from recordings of Nicole playing the tárogató to make all of the sounds in the electronic part, and imagining Nicole dancing as she played the live part, lost in a state of 'flow'.

Work Details

Year: 2012, this version: 2021

Instrumentation: Oboe, electronics (stereo WAV file diffused by PA system).

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Rhythmically detailed in 5/4, playing to backing track, highest register of oboe requiring good control

The composer notes the following styles, influences, genres etc associated with this work:
Pop music, electronica, folk music


Performances of this work

20 Jul 23: Mahidol University. Featuring Alison Teale.

5 Aug 15: Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Brisbane. Featuring Nathan Henshaw.

1 Dec 12: Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Universidad Nacional Autònoma de México, Mexico City. . Featuring Nicole Canham.

31 Oct 12: Composition Seminar, Australian Institute of Music, Sydney. Featuring Nicole Canham.

28 May 2011: at Hourglass (The Engine Room (Old Fire Station), Bendigo).

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