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Adopted ratios : for percussion duo

by Alan Lawrence (2002)

Adopted ratios


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Adopted ratios : for percussion duo / Alan Lawrence.

Library shelf no. Q 785.6812/LAW 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Within milliseconds of hearing a sound in a room we hear its first few reflections from walls, ceiling, etc. These 'early reflections' provide us with a subliminal index of the room's shape and size. They also create patterns in time which, when greatly magnified, can be rendered as musical rhythms. This piece derives its material from such patterns. Having chosen this methodology for the piece I needed to establish from what 'rooms' should these indices be derived. A painting by Mondrian furnished the answer providing, as it does, a 'ground plan' of the utmost elegance from which I adopted the requisite ratios.

Work Details

Year: 2002

Instrumentation: 2 percussionists.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: For Kerryn and Kevin

Commission note: Commissioned by Karak Percussion.

First performance: by Karak Percussion — Nov 02. Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Art, Brisbane


Performances of this work

Nov 02: Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Art, Brisbane. Featuring Karak Percussion.

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