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The Lowest drawer : electroacoustic

by Cat Hope (2013)

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Performance by Decibel New Music from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 42.

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Work Overview

The three instruments in this piece trigger sine tones that duplicate the pitch each instrument plays at particular moments in the piece. These tones, from 13 different pick up points, gradually build to a 13-note chord, which will be different each time the piece is played. The tones draw only pitch - all texture is stripped away and the sine tone continue the trajectory until the end of the peice. The score is proportional, but the player chooses which pitch to play in each iteration, meaning a different cluster will be formed each time. As with many of Cat's works, the piece descends lower in pitch as it unfolds, ending in the lowest range (drawer) of each instrument.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Cello, bass flute, bass clarinet and electronics.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Graphic score

Written for: Decibel New Music

Commission note: For Decibel new music ensemble

First performance: by Decibel New Music at Western Australian Composers Project (Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)) on 5 Jul 2013

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc assocaited with this work:
Experimental New Music, Graphic Notation, Animated Notation, electroacoustic. Influences: Alvin Lucier, Elaine Radigue, Giacinto Scelsi.

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


Resonate article: Cat Hope at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, 2023 by Caroline Wilkins


Performances of this work

3 May 2019: at 10 at 10 Melbourne Edition: Metropolis New Music Festival 2019 (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Decibel New Music.

8 Dec 13: DIG Gallery, Kosice, Slovakia. Featuring Decibel New Music.

6 Jul 2013: at Western Australian Composers Project (Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)). Featuring Decibel New Music.

5 Jul 2013: at Western Australian Composers Project (Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)). Featuring Decibel New Music.

22 Jun 13: ABC Studio 22, Sydney, as part of ISEA. Featuring Decibel New Music, Mark Cuavin.

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