Possible stories of Harry Power : alto flute, bass clarinet, laptop, radio and MaxMSP generated score
by Cat Hope (2010)
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Possible stories of Harry Power : alto flute, bass clarinet, laptop, radio and MaxMSP generated score / Cat Hope.
Library shelf no. 785.46414/HOP 1 [Available for loan]
Harry Power was a bushranger in Victoria who is supposed to have
'trained' Ned Kelly in his criminal ways. There are many versions
of how Ned Kelly came to be who he was. This piece is about
versions. The written word (and note) is taken as fact, repeated
throughout history. The oral story (or improvisation) is often
expected to change as it passes though those who listen and
retell it. When oral stories are written down in some point of
history, they are likely to be different than how they started.
In this work, there are a number of versions: composer versions,
computer versions, player versions and combinations of all three.
Written, listened to and 'spoken' versions. Pitch and volume are
proportional, and the computer creates a score for the performers
from the very performance of the composers score, altered by
parameters provided by the composer. The computer generates 2
scores bookended by the composers scores. The three parts
represent Power, Kelly and Kelly's mother, who introduced Kelly
to Power. They meet, come together and move apart. The how and
when of these movements are only partially documented
historically. My first and last scores are two maps I made of
these peoples movements in relation to each other in time.
Instrumentation: Bass clarinet, alto flute, guitar, radio and MaxMSP (score writer) reading off networked computers.
Duration: 6 min.
Difficulty: Medium — requires improvisation skills
Written for: Decibel
Resonate article: Insight: Drawing music by Cat Hope
- In the form/style of: Graphic Notation
Performances of this work
3 Dec 10: Marama Hall, Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand
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