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Serpentine : for erhu and percussion with video and spoken poetry

by Daniel Portelli (2017)

Work Overview

Serpentine is a multimedia piece for erhu, percussion and spoken word. It that centres around winding shapes and lines of movement such as those made by a serpent or snake. Lines in the music have a flexible identity, and manifest as asymmetrical percussive displacements, distorted grains and swarms of sound, pitch contours and energetic movements between performed actions. The video also portrays this curvature patterning through the use of a handheld camera that follows lines filmed on the side of the road. This is complemented by the story lines that emerge in Aden Rolfe's spoken poem. Collected from his work The Heavenly Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge, which is a poetic muse on the Australian bush. The text uses refrain and repetition to explore the potential of categorisation through the figure of the snake.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Erhu, percussion, audio playback, video, and two media devices to play back video scores.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Claire Edwardes, Ying Liu — 20 Jul 17. ‘Poetic Energies Across Sonic Space', Playhouse, Western Sydney University, Australia

The video aspects of this work can be found at: on the composer's website

Performances of this work

20 Jul 17: ‘Poetic Energies Across Sonic Space', Playhouse, Western Sydney University, Australia. Featuring Claire Edwardes, Ying Liu.

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