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Musician and Machine : composition for large improvising ensemble

by Rob Burke (2016)

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Performance by Monash Art Ensemble from the CD Here Now Hear

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Here Now Hear / Monash Art Ensemble.

Library shelf no. CD 3087 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

The overarching concept of the composition is based on pre-composed ideas that are performed and then fed back to the performance manipulated by musicians that operate the machine (Ableton Push Controller - a electronic device that is at the cutting edge of technology - used by musicians such as seminal artist Professor George Lewis) and musicians performing on traditional instruments. These ideas will be improvised by both classical and jazz musicians and then manipulated by the Ableton Push controller. In a creative sense, it is the capturing of sound and reintroduction into the ensemble's conversation.

In addition to the performers, the audience and the overall sonic environment will have a musical role in the composition.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Woodwind player 1 (piccolo, flute, clarinet, soprano sax), woodwind player 2 (flute, clarinet, soprano sax, alto sax), woodwind player 3 (flute, clarinet, alto clarinet, tenor sax), woodwind player 4 (alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone sax), 2 violins, viola, cello, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, piano (grand piano - wurlitzer electric piano), guitar, percussion, drum-set, 4 ableton push controllers.

Duration: 25 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — This work includes expertise in improvisation and interaction - choices

Written for: Monash Art Ensemble

Commission note: Commissioned with funds provided by Australia Council, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University.

First performance: by Monash Art Ensemble — Oct 16. Monash University Auditorium, VIC

The composer notes the following sytles, genres, influences etc associated with this work:
Electronic, improvisation, art music, Jazz, classical/comtemporary


Performances of this work

Oct 16: Monash University Auditorium, VIC. Featuring Monash Art Ensemble.

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