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Broken approach : for bass drum kit

by Cat Hope (2014)

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Performance by Vanessa Tomlinson from the CD Ephemeral Rivers

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Ephemeral Rivers


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Ephemeral Rivers : chamber works / Cat Hope.

Library shelf no. CD 2882 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

The percussionist uses a graphic score that outlines shapes that are drawn on instrument surfaces, as well as themes that are rendered spatially on each instrument and the kit as a whole. This work is made up of active sections, broken by static 'rhythmic' breaks that pause the forward motion of the piece, reversing the usual roles of rhythmic devices. Wind up mechanisms, including clocks and toys, tick away in the back- ground, providing 'alarms' that slowly wear down.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Bass drum kit, AM radios, wind up mechanisms.

Duration: 13 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — improvisation required; graphic score

Dedication note: Dedicated to Vanessa Tomlinson

Commission note: Commissioned by Vanessa Tomlinson.. Written during a fellowship at Civitella Ranieri, Umbria, Italy

First performance: by Vanessa Tomlinson at 8 Hits (ABC Studio 420 (Brisbane)) on 1 Nov 2014

DOI: 10.26180/5cda133d3f644

To perform this piece you will need the Decibel ScorePlayer, an iPad application that puts the score in motion and coordinates the performance.


Performances of this work

1 Nov 2014: at 8 Hits (ABC Studio 420 (Brisbane)). Featuring Vanessa Tomlinson.

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