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Hinchinbrook riffs : for marimba & digital delay

by Nigel Westlake (2003, this version: 2009)

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The Hinchinbrook riffs : for marimba & digital delay / Nigel Westlake.

Library shelf no. 786.843/WES 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

The piece consists of a string of "motives" or "riffs" that are digitally copied within the delay & made to repeat 600 milliseconds (about half a second) after they have been performed "live". The performer is required to interlock with the delay signal by adhering to a strict tempo indication (100 beats per minute), creating the riffs to interplay & trip over themselves, causing interesting rhythmic & melodic variants that surge & ebb in wave - like formations.

Work Details

Year: 2003, this version: 2009

Instrumentation: Marimba & digital delay.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: 2009. USA

Originally written for guitar, the idea for the marimba version was suggested to me by Rebecca Lagos, principal percussionist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Performance note:  Preset the digital delay for one repeat only. If using a stereo sound system, pan the “live” marimba signal to the left side & the “delayed” marimba signal to the right side (or visa versa) – the object being to obtain maximum separation between “live” & “delayed” signals.


Performances of this work

Unknown date.

31 Aug 2022: at Our Place: A Musical Journey (Abbotsford Convent). Featuring Nathan Gatenby.

31 Jul 2021: at Guitar Society of WA 60th Anniversary Gala Concert (Richard Gill Auditorium, WAAPA).

5 Dec 2014: at Australian Music for One Percussionist (Callaway Music Auditorium). Featuring Louise Devenish.

27 Aug 2014: at ANAM Recital - Kaylie Melville (WA), percussion (Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)). Featuring Kaylie Melville.

14 May 2014: at Sounding Nishi: Westlake (Nishi Building).

14 May 2013: at Sounding Murdoch (Ainslie Arts Centre). Featuring Matthew Withers.

14 May 2009: at Six String Counterpoint (Richard Gill Auditorium, WAAPA).

2009: USA

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