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Miss Fortune X : for two strings, inside piano, percussion and AM static

by Cat Hope (2012)

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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

Miss Fortune X is the name of a radio controlled model airplane my father built and flew several iterations of throughout his lifetime. The work uses segments of the base plan as a guide for the construction of the score, and in more detail, the piano part, where an ebow and roughened plectrums are used to alter the timbre of the instrument. The original plan, from a magazine, had been copied and resized many times over many years, creating a layer of visual noise in later copies which is also included as musical material for the work. The piece continues my explorations of drone and glissandi, and the sonic colour of radio static, which carries a new metaphorical meaning in this work. It is dedicated to Douglas Campbell Hope (1936 - 2012).

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: Viola, cello, piano, percussion, AM hand-held radio.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Graphic score

Dedication note: "For Douglas Hope"

Commission note: Commissioned by Decibel New Music.

First performance: by Decibel New Music — 3 Dec 12. WA Museum, Perth

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DOI: 10.26180/5ce35101ae473


Performances of this work

3 Dec 12: WA Museum, Perth. Featuring Decibel New Music.

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