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The Aesthetics of Disappearance

by Cat Hope (2018)

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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 piece is in the memory of Paul Virillo, whose book Art and Fear (2003) was a huge influence on my thinking. In his 1991 book The Aesthetics of Disappearance, Virilio traces out the relationship of biological optics to technologies of "production of appearance." This piece tests this idea with audibility, rather than optics. Perceptual gaps create illusions of continuity, where I attempt to highlight the paradox of empiricism in acoustic science as a kind of "motion without mobility," as Virillio attempts in his book with optics.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Lapsteel, viola, cello, double bass (or any 3 low strings), percussion, organ and sub tone.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Medium — graphic score

Contents note: The score should be read in the Decibel ScorePlayer application on an iPad (which provides parts), or as a video score. The audio is embedded in the score and can be played out of the score player of video file.

Dedication note: For Dazza Buckley. In memorium Paul Virilio.

Commission note: Commissioned by Elision Ensemble.

Performances of this work

23 Jul 2019: at TENOR 2019 (Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music - Building 68, Music Auditorium).

Jul 19: 2019 TENOR conference, Monash University, VIC

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