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Their Lives Are Stripped of Meaning : voice with accompaniment

by Cat Hope (2018)

Their Lives Are Stripped of Meaning


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Their Lives Are Stripped of Meaning / Cat Hope.

Library shelf no. 783.254/HOP 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

In 2016, Australian author Richard Flanagan made a statement in a response to the Australian Government's policy on the treatment of refugees arriving in Australia by boat, which involves detention. "Their lives are stripped of meaning." In this piece, the vocalist sings these words, but they become incomprehensible as they are separated out over the 8 minutes of the piece; a direct reference to the indeterminate length of detention that Australia enforces upon refugees. Time passes, we forget and our ability to understand becomes difficult. In addition, the electronic part is created by sampling the instruments at certain moments in the piece, and strips away the timbral characteristics of the work, another metaphor for the consequences of this treatment of our fellow human beings.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Trumpet, voice, electronics.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — max msp patch, highly controlled sound, graphic score

Commission note: Commissioned by Oliva Stahn, Callum G'Froerer.

First performance: by Callum G'Froerer, Oliva Stahn — May 18. Ölberg-Kirche, Berlin, Germany

Contribute submitted additional notes:

DOI: 0.26180/5c5d8ce4a2e59

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: ISCM World New Music Days 2023: Australian Section selections by Australian Music Centre

Performances of this work

15 Dec 18: Australasian Computer Music Conference, Tone List concert, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Featuring Dan O'Connor, Annika Moses, Stuart James.

May 18: Ölberg-Kirche, Berlin, Germany. Featuring Callum G'Froerer, Oliva Stahn.

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