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Major league geometry (trios: electronics, percussion)

by Chris Perren (2014)

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The Australian Music Centre's catalogue does not include any recordings or sheet music of this work. This entry is for information purposes only.

It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

Major League Geometry is part of an ongoing exploration in my work to elucidate and expose polyrhythmic structures using moving images.

The rhythms are all based on 3:4:5 ratios. The layered ostinatos differ in length but share a common pulse, which causes them to drift out of alignment. Though this process is completely deterministic, chaotic and unpredictable rhythms emerge along its lengthy journey toward resolution.

The movements on screen precisely reflect these complex rhythms. Each instrument and sound is represented by an iteration of the swinging batter, which gives a hypnotic exposure to the geometrical rhythmic techniques. Rhythms which might seem purely random to the ears alone are revealed by the eyes to be elegant and complex.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Vibraphone, marimba, xylophone, video, tape.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Medium

The composer notes the following subjects, styles, genres etc associated with this work:
minimalism, post-minimalism, audiovisual, polyrhythm, electroacoustic

Received first prize in the AV Section at the MTAQ Composers’ Competition 2014, as well as the MTAQ Australian Music Centre Prize for an Ensemble work.


Performances of this work

11 Jun 16: Sonic State: Indieclassical concert, MetroArts, Brisbane. Featuring Alex Bull, Caleb Colledge, Tracie Comber.

22 Nov 14: Screen Stories concert, Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley QLD. Featuring Chris Perren, Hik Sugimoto, Samuel Mitchell.

7 Nov 2014: at Nonsemble: Screen Stories (The New Globe Theatre, Cinema Room). Featuring Nonsemble.

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