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Fractured Again Suite (multimedia work)

by Damien Ricketson

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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

Fractured Again, in its full form, is a show-length multimedia work exploring music and glass that combines live performance together with electronic music (Pimmon), video (Andrew Wholley) and a glass installation (Elaine Miles). The full version of the work includes a series of large glass panels that are simultaneously gong-like instruments and video projection surfaces as well as the incredibly rare glass harmonica: an angelic sounding instrument that virtually became extinct, in part because it was thought to trigger insanity. Although glass instruments do not feature in the 'suite' version of the work, the metaphor of glass still pervades the compositional fabric. Almost all of the music scored for the more conventional trio of clarinet, violin and vibraphone has been derived from repertoire written for glass including references to the 'mad scene' in Donizetti's opera Lucia di Lammermoor, the 'God Music' movement of George Crumb's Black Angels and Mozart's Adagio for Glass Harmonica. All, however, are manipulated via compositional processes analogous to glass including fracturing and warping as though viewed through a distorted lens. Fractured Again was premiered by Ensemble Offspring as part of the 2010 Sydney Festival and subsequently toured China with performances in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Macau.

-Damien Ricketson

Work Details

Instrumentation: Amplified clarinet, violin, vibraphone, electronics and video projections.

Duration: 25 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: Reduced multimedia version of show-length staged work.

First performance: by Ensemble Offspring — 2011. Ox Warehouse, Macau, China

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Performances of this work

2 Oct 2015: at Light is Calling (Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

14 May 2015: at Ensemble Offspring: Light is Calling (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

2011: Ox Warehouse, Macau, China. Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

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