Spider (string quartets with electronics)
by Fiona Hill (2006)
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Spider is an electroacoustic string quartet based on the poem 'Spider' by Granaz Moussavi. The text depicts an Iranian woman's plight in standing up to the authorities as well as referencing a chapter of the Koran. The electronic component of the work features the poe'ts voice in both English and Arabic, as well as various found sounds, synthesisers and prepared piano. The work was composed with three distinct sections in mind: the electronics being prominent with the quartet accompanying, the quartet prominent with the electronics accompanying, and finally the realisation of an equal footing between the two distinct timbral elements. This conception reflects the fight for equality between personal freedom and authority explored in the text.
Instrumentation: String quartet with electronics.Requires one laptop to play the electronic file plus sending a click track to the performers via headphones. Stereo playback, files can be played back on any platform that will play multiple audio files and send a live headphone feed e.g. Protools, Logic studio pro, Soundbooth.Electronic track instrumentation is vocals, percussion, bowls & drones.
Duration: 5 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Difficulty lies in the syncing of the quartet with the electronics. Performers' parts are relatively straightforward although there is significant rhythmic unity required
Commission note: Commissioned by Zephyr Quartet with funds provided by Australia Council. Music Board.. Commissioned by Zephyr String Quartet for their WIRED electroacoustic performance series in 2006.
First performance: by Zephyr Quartet — 2006. Rocket Bar, Adelaide
Performances of this work
2006: Rocket Bar, Adelaide. Featuring Zephyr Quartet.
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