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Destructive interference : for solo flute

by Matthew Laing (2021)

Destructive interference


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Destructive interference : for solo flute / Matthew Laing.

Library shelf no. 788.32/LAI 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This piece is a portrait of a meeting point between the self that you know, and the selves that went and made different decisions, did other things. The experience of lockdowns these past 18 months has been a period of forced self-reflections, and to me it's been interesting to think about how we share these experiences with the people around us, but also the lives we might have led, in the sense that the pandemic experience has been so overwhelming it implies a cancelling out; whether everything went great or terrible before, you're in lockdown now and you're brought closer to those lives you left behind, even if they're completely unrelatable.

The title takes its name after the phenomenon created when two audio waves superimpose and cancel each other out leading to a lower amplitude. Naming it this implies a nihilism on this process of reflection but the intended sentiment of the work is ambivalence through a process of reckoning.

- Matt Laing, July 2021

Work Details

Year: 2021

Instrumentation: Flute.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), The ANAM Set for performance by Lily Bryant with funds provided by Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers' Trust, Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.

First performance: by Lily Bryant — 8 Dec 21. Australian National Academy of Music, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne

Performances of this work

6 May 22: Laundry Room, Abbotsford Convent

8 Dec 21: Australian National Academy of Music, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne. Featuring Lily Bryant.

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