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Time and the tides : percussion quartet

by Eve Duncan (2009)

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Performance by Speak Percussion from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists

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Butterfly modernism / chamber music by Eve Duncan.

Library shelf no. CD 2444 [Available for loan]

Time and the tides


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Time and the tides : percussion quartet / Eve Duncan.

Library shelf no. 785.6814/DUN 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Time and the Tides uses instruments from the docklands of the bay, including 60, 100 and 200 litre steel shipping drums, as well as found objects from the beaches such as takeaway containers filled with shells and bottles. Fishermen's tackle, including plastic containers filled with lead sinkers is also part of the instrumentation.

The dynamics, rhythms, textures and register used in the music are connected to the rate of change of tide levels, and their relative highs and lows in Westernport Bay before the winter solstice in 2008, when the changes are more extreme.

The music is inspired by the motion of seawater in the Bays, and the Bunerong Aboriginal story about the rising levels in Port Phillip Bay, as told by Aboriginal elder Caroline Briggs.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Percussion quartet. Although it uses stainless steel storage drums, these can be substituted by drums which give a similar sound.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned with funds provided by Arts Victoria.. Commissioned as a piece for 'Dredge' a collaboration with photographer Siri Hayes which explores the layers raised by the issue of dredging in Port Phillip and Westernport Bays

First performance: by Speak Percussion — 3 Jul 10. Linden Gallery, St Kilda, Melbourne


Resonate article: Eve Duncan’s Butterfly Modernism by Corrina Bonshek


Performances of this work

3 Jul 10: Linden Gallery, St Kilda, Melbourne. Featuring Speak Percussion.

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