technologic 145 (1998)

for large chamber ensemble harp or piano

duration: 14 minutes

Faber Music publishing details

Audio Excerpt

Excerpt from start of 2nd mvt:

Programme Notes

technologic 145 is a work in three movements. The first is a slow-moving, grinding introduction which features a didjeridu-like cello solo. The second movement is an energetic and vibrant work featuring virtuosic and rhythmic playing from most members of the ensemble. The final movement acts a slower, more contemplative summary.

As the title suggests, technologic 145 is influenced by aspects of techno music, particularly its repetitive structures and driving rhythms.

The work was a finalist in the 1998 ABC Young Composer Award.

notes by Matthew Hindson.

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    “Sheik Yerbouti at the MPO (Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra)

…But with the third item, Matthew Hindson’s Technologic 145, our conductor’ s unintrusive time-counting managed to move the ambitious score from a sombre heroic opening to chariot-racing pace and back again. With horns immitating sirens, trumpets whooping in loops, and Field himself contributing a hand-clapped triplet during a pause, the music sounded like an episode of Donald Duck’s misadventure. Hindson cited the libidinous influences of techno and death metal music. But our good government need not fear; the richly melodic work conveyed more bluegrass frenzy than demonic orgies. Traces of repetitive bars were given such colourful variations and embellishment that you can hardly recognise them as disco sonics.

“In an email to me, Hindson explained, “The extent of the repetition is going to be different in an acoustic concert piece because people are sitting down in seats actively listening to the music, rather than using it as a conduit to pronounced physical movement.” But it certainly is one of the most kinetic music ever written for a bunch of seated folks. If we weren’t too breathless by the end of it, we would have certainly gotten up and danced a jig. – Pang Khee Teik, The Edge, August 2001.

Other Information

This work featured in Veitstanz: Shake Rattle and Roll, a ballet choreographed by Berndt Schindowski, performed by Ballet Schindowski in Gelsenkirchen, Germany (January – March 2004).

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