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A Stolen Satellite (violin with live electronics)

by Chris Perren (2015)

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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

A Stolen Satellite uses Veronique Serret's unique performance setup as an environment for the exploration of rhythm. In two sections - a free, arrhythmic introduction and strictly timed main section - looping and reverbs are used to weave a thick texture, relying on the generous range of the six-string violin.

In the main section, looped rhythmic figures are stolen and repurposed by emerging and evolving rhythmic structures. Loops may initially sit comfortably within their rhythmic framework, but become complex cross-rhythms when added loops force us into new ways of feeling the pulse.

A languid melodic theme weaves in and out of these complex structures with a contrasting freedom, providing a humanistic counterpoint to the relentlessly mechanical rhythms.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Solo six-string electric violin & electronics (delay, reverb, and distortion).

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Requires advanced looping skill & ability to execute fast polyrhythms against looped audio

Commission note: Call for Scores Successful Selection: Campbelltown Arts Centre Veronique Serret Residency.

First performance: by Veronique Serret at Veronique Serret (Campbelltown Arts Centre) on 12 Dec 2015

Performances of this work

19 Jun 2021: at Seymour Nights | Ensemble Offspring - Adrift (The Sound Lounge). Featuring Veronique Serret.

29 May 2017: at Michaela Davies & Veronique Serret (Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Featuring Veronique Serret.

12 Dec 2015: at Veronique Serret (Campbelltown Arts Centre). Featuring Veronique Serret.

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