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Not By Halves : for four sustaining instruments

by Damien Ricketson (2015)

Not By Halves


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Not By Halves : for four sustaining instruments / Damien Ricketson.

Library shelf no. 785/RIC 4 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Not by Halves continues my interest in the 'open-form' in music. That is, music in which there is no single version, but rather a deliberate multitude of possible versions. In the tradition of John Zorn's 'game pieces', Not by Halves is a text-based work: a set of rules that governs the way in which performers cooperate without specifying exactly how they should sound. Scored for any quartet of homogenous instruments and looking more like a flowchart than a traditional score, the game plays out in two halves (plus a half-time intermezzo), whereby the musicians try to halve prevailing musical structures such as pitch and rhythm that in turn triggers chains of interactions and musical patterns.

-- Damien Ricketson

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: A rule-based musical environment for four similar-sounding sustaining instruments. (For example: 4 wind players, string quartet, 4 electric guitars, etc.)

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned for Ensemble Offspring.. Commissioned by Musify+Gamify

First performance: by Ensemble Offspring at Musify Gamify: Concert 1 (Seymour Centre) on 29 May 2015

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Open score, game-piece, John Zorn

Flexible duration 6-10 mins.


Not by halves

Performances of this work

23 Jun 2016: at ANAM Australian Voices: Damien Ricketson (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

29 May 2015: at Musify Gamify: Concert 1 (Seymour Centre). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

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