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Blackhole (quartets: brass, electronics, keyboard, string, woodwind)

by Keyna Wilkins (2017)

Audio Sample

Performance by Ephemera Trio from the CD Orbits and riffs

Orbits and riffs


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Orbits and riffs / Ephemera.

Library shelf no. CD 2929 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

The inspiration for this piece was theories around what would happen when entering a black hole. Obviously most likely death, but this is my music interpretation of the words of Astronomer Kip Thorne (2014, p46) "Black holes are made from warped space and warped time...Black holes can spin, just as Earth spins. A spinning black hole drags space around it into a vortex-type whirling motion". Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IITcyeh3ZQ

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Trumpet, flute, double bass, piano, soundtrack.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — rhythmically challenging

First performance: by Ephemera Trio — 13 Nov 17. Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival, Foundry 616, Sydney

The accompanying soundtrack is made of sounds found on Freesound and licensed under Creative Commons. These are the sounds used: thanvannispen, sound: industrial_crash02.aif, ok1has, sound: telephone battery charger.mp3, qubodup, sound: Plane Crash.flac, FreqMan, sound: psycho scream 1.wav, tcrocker68, sound: Girl_Scream.wav and Girl_Scream_Short.wav, queen_westeros, sound: WOMAN SCREAM, tec studios, sound: a black hole st.mp3, Greego, sound: Ghost Opera,

hykenfreak, sound: Deep Space Ship Effect, kwahmah_02, sound: opera on shortwave.wav, kb7clx, sound: Russian ham or pirate with music & cw qrm 7050.0kHz LSB.wav, Russian ham or pirate out of tune with music with others talking 7050.0kHz LSB.wav, makosan, sound: Crowded Opera Lobby.wav, GowlerMusic, sound: Radio Static, juicet, sound: dub_techno synt.wav, zagi2, sound: pop rock loop 2.wav and rock shelter.wav, pechenyshki , sound: Children playing outdoors, RutgerMuller, sound: Wind Low Short.aif, Equality_X12, sound: Wind SoundEffect, kangaroovindaloo, sound: Medium Wind



Source: Performed by Ephemera Ensemble



  • In the form/style of: Jazz

Performances of this work

22 Feb 18: Johnson St Jazz (Annandale Arts Centre) NSW. Featuring Ephemera Trio.

1 Feb 18: Johnson St Jazz, Annandale, Sydney, NSW. Featuring Will Gilbert, Elsen Price, Keyna Wilkins.

13 Nov 17: Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival, Foundry 616, Sydney. Featuring Ephemera Trio.

11 Nov 17: Sydney International Womens' Jazz Festival at Foundry 616, Ultimo, Sydney, NSW. Featuring Keyna Wilkins, Elsen Price, Will Gilbert.

17 Oct 17: Venue 505, Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW. Featuring Elsen Price, Keyna Wilkins, Will Gilbert.

13 Oct 17: Venue 505, Sydney. Featuring Ephemera Trio.

25 May 17: Foundry 616, Sydney. Featuring Ephemera Trio.

14 Jul 16: Coulbourne Avenue, Glebe. Sydney. Featuring Elsen Price, Will Gilbert, Keyna Wilkins.

14 May 16: Seymour Centre Soundlounge. Featuring Elsen Price, Keyna Wilkins, Will Gilbert.

12 Dec 15: Seymour Centre Soundlounge, Sydney, NSW. Featuring Keyna Wilkins, Elsen Price, Will Gilbert.

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