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The Post Truth Pleasure Garden : chamber ensemble

by Cat Hope (2018)

Post Truth Pleasure Garden


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The Post Truth Pleasure Garden / Cat Hope.

Library shelf no. 785.3419/HOP 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

"More than 30 years ago, academics started to discredit "truth" as one of the "grand narratives" which clever people could no longer bring themselves to believe in. Instead of "the truth", which was to be rejected as naïve and/or repressive, a new intellectual orthodoxy permitted only "truths" - always plural, frequently personalised, inevitably relativised. All claims on truth are relative to the particular person making them; there is no position outside our own particulars from which to establish universal truth" (Andrew Calcutt, 2016.)

Using this statement as a starting point, The Post Truth Pleasure Garden explores the concept of 'truths' through the sampling and reversioning of two acoustic instruments in the ensemble. The grand narrative is destroyed, a new orthodoxy created and everything you hear is relative to the people listening. The words sung state "Australia now ignores laws of basic #HumanRights" This is a quote from former president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, at an oration in 2017. She notes that "the idea of alternative facts which had credibility has created an 'Alice in Wonderland' world where words mean what we choose them to."

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Bass flute, bass clarinet, violin, viola, percussion, 2 voices, electric guitar, electric bass and electronics.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — live electronics, graphic notation, improvised elements

Commission note: Commissioned by Ensemble Supermusique.. Commissioned by Ensemble Supermusique, Montreal, Canada, for the TENOR Conference

First performance: by Ensemble Supermusique — May 18. TENOR Conference, Montreal, Canada

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

May 18: TENOR Conference, Montreal, Canada. Featuring Ensemble Supermusique.

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