Opera composition and direction. Speechless is a 70-minute opera for 4 soloists, community choir and Bass orchestra. It is a wordless, animated notation opera intended as a personal response to the 2014 Human Rights Commission report ‘The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention’.
For piano and electronics. Commissioned by Gabriella Smart. This work aims to bring the sound of the piano as close as possible to the sound of Percy Grainger’s Free Music ideals, by applying pitch tracking and spectral filtering. Delicate, sparse piano pitches are sampled and transported into theremin like tones where the tempered scale becomes irrelevant.
Bass noise performance. Super Luminum is an improvised electric and bass guitar duo featuring Cat Hope and Lisa MacKinney. Their music has an aesthetic characterised by an unhurried approach to the gradual unfolding of ideas and the constructive employment of stasis as a compositional philosophy, creating loud, euphoric, swirling textures that often feature exploratory playing techniques and incorporate feedback, noise and experimental tonalities.
OCCAM XXVI by Eliane Radiuge
Flute performance. This solo piece for bass flute and alto flute was commissioned by Carriageworks and Room 40 for Cat Hope. It was premiered at Open Frame in Sydney at Carriageworks in 2018. Eliane Radigue is one of the most important French composers alive today.
Composition for film. This is the composition of music for the film Cetaphobia, directed by Erin Coates and Anna Nazzari. HD video with sound, 12 mins. Music performed by Decibel, first shown in Spaced 2: Future Recall at the Museum of Western Australia, as a part of the 2015 Perth International Arts Festival
THEIR LIVES ARE STRIPPED OF MEANING
For voice, trumpet and electronics. Australian author Richard Flanagan made this statement in a response to the Australian Government’s policy on the treatment of refugees arriving in Australia by boat, which involves detention. In this piece, the vocalist sings these words, but they become incomprehensible as they are separated out over the 8 minutes of the piece; a direct reference to the indeterminate length of detention that Australia enforces upon refugees.