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Shelter for small ensemble and electronics (2016) premiered by Greywing Ensemble at Nature Forms

The premiere of Shelter for small ensemble and electronics (2016) will take place on the 13th May, 2016 at the Nature Forms concert at the State Library of Western Australia by GreyWing Ensemble. Nature Forms focuses on recent works by Western Australian composers that explore the sounds of nature as a source of inspiration.

Program Note: If I may be somewhat cynical for a moment, it strikes me that it can be tempting to treat the inclusion of electronics as an afterthought; an extra element to be added to an already fully shaped acoustic work. In adapting my electronic work Shelter to include instrumentalists, I find this problem to be inverted. Rather than using unnecessary electronics, I find myself wary of adding unnecessary acoustic elements to what I would consider to be an already pretty subtle and understated piece, thus running the risk of weakening the overall experience.

It’s a concern, but nonetheless one which I hope to have overcome, embracing the opportunity to transform the original electronic work into something more lively and, dare I say, environmental. The compositional intentions of the original Shelter remain at play here - this version still seeks to address the assumptions of multichannel listening, while affecting an environment of sound in preference to an experience of sound. However, this revised version adds a little bit of much needed chaos, albeit a suitably reserved chaos; a chaos subtle enough to ignore if
such is your want.

GreyWing Ensemble are Catherine Ashley (harp), Jameson Feakes (guitar) and Lindsay Vickery (clarinet and electronics).

The Facebook event can be found here.

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