Industrial Night Music, my first string quartet, was recently given its US premiere by the Attacca Quartet in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. I was not able to be there but judging from feedback as well as reviews in the New York Times and MusicalAmerica.com, it was a great success.
Two new compositions have recently been completed, both of which were commissioned by Ars Musica Australis. The first new piece is entitled The Metallic Violin, and uses as its inspiration the manic, wild and over-the-top electric guitar solos commonly found in varieties of heavy metal music. Also I am making reference to the title of John Corigliano’s work The Red Violin, though in a very contrasting way! The Metallic Violin is for solo violin and lasts for about 8 minutes Continue reading New works – The Metallic Violin, Funeral Windows
for two violins. duration: 8 minutes Faber Music publishing details Audio Excerpt Programme Notes Adapted from a work for solo violin, The Metallic Violins uses as its inspiration the manic, wild and over-the-top electric guitar solos commonly found in varieties of heavy metal music. Known as ‘shredding’, the point of such solos is to demonstrate the performer’s virtuosity, especially in playing as fast as possible. There are a number of blistering passages for each of the violinists in this piece Continue reading The Metallic Violins (2008)
string quartet duration: 16 minutes Faber Music publishing details Audio Excerpt (one minute from the opening of the piece) Programme Notes Industrial Night Music was commissioned by Sandra Yates and Michael Skinner in memory of Michael’s father. One of the aspects of Michael’s father’s life was that he worked as an army engineer. This created a sense of resonance to me as I grew up in the Illawarra, a region dominated by the steelworks at Port Kembla, briefly working there and Continue reading String Quartet No. 1: Industrial Night Music (2003)
for string quartet with optional effects pedals and CD playback or string quartet + didjeridu duration: 25 minutes Movements from this work may be performed separately or in different combinations: for example, the first, third and fifth movements would form a set called technologic 135. Faber Music publishing details Audio Excerpts (coming soon) First movement: Second movement: Third movement: Fourth movement: Fifth movement: Programme Notestechno logic was written in 1997 as a commission from the Elektra String Quartet, and premiered Continue reading techno logic (1997)