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Time and Peace

by Stephen Holgate (1978)

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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.

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Work Overview

Time and Peace was written during Holgate's composition major studies with composer Peter Tahourdin at the University of Melbourne. It was composed on multi-track magnetic recording tape in the Melba Hall electronic music studio. The sound sources for the work were an eclectic mix of environmental acoustic sounds recorded live by the composer such as jet engines at the airport, motor vehicles, ticking clocks, as well as a Gregorian chant recording and electronic sound sources created and generated from the then recently installed iconic Synthi 100 synthesiser. The environmental sounds were manipulated using classic 'musique concrete' tape techniques to achieve a further variety of sound resources and effects.

Time and Peace reflects an early interest of the composer in employing diverse sound sources and styles as well as drawing on spiritual themes to inform his work - in this case there is an analogy (suggested by contrasting clocks, jet and automotive engines with contemplative singing), of the soul withdrawing from temporal distractions and finding inner silence and peace.

Time and Peace was premiered at a Concert of New Music 7 Aug. 1979, Melba Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne.

Work Details

Year: 1978

Instrumentation: Electronic music recording can be performed from a data disk.

Duration: 14 min.

Difficulty: Easy — No performance required other than playing the recording.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:
Musique concrete; electronic; Synthi 100.

First performance info from Contribute:

7 Aug. 1979 Melba Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne.

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