Black Eels (2012)
for 2 turntables, snare, 2 flutes, piano and guitar.
Dedicated to Austin Buckett.
Premiered ABC Studios, Ultimo as part of the "Everything, Always" concert curated by Austin Buckett. You can hear the ABC Classic FM podcast of that event 15 December, 2012 here. The concert was reviewed here.
It was also featured as part of the 'Off the Record Series' on ABC Cliassic FM here
This piece is an investigation into the different qualities of noise possible from instruments in a small ensemble. Using the anology of electrified water snakes and their trajectories as a source for the graphic score, the piece is a series of interlocking motives that contrast the fluid movement of these animals with the turbulence their movement creates. The work is dedicated to Austin Buckett, whose pianism influenced the structure of that part, and composer Peter Ablinger, noise champion. It was premiered at Studio 228, at the ABC in Sydney in December 2012.
To perform this piece you will need the Decibel ScorePlayer on ipad, and the score file. A digital or hard copy of the score is available from Material Press.