Thesis Compositions

1) Reimagined Landscape One
for violin, viola, double, bass, piano, female soprano, and five turntables
2012

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Composer’s Notes:
Reimagined Landscape One is a study of turntablism techniques within the context of an acoustic ensemble. This piece is a series of musical moments; some clearly notated and predicable, others aleatoric and unknown.

Stage Plot

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2) Reimagined Landscape Two
for four turntables and delay unit
2012

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Composer’s Notes:
Reimagined Landscape Two is an avant-garde piece in the spirit of John Cage and Christian Marclay, originally written and performed for the John Cage Centenary Celebration Musicircus on November 3rd, 2012, Sydney Opera House.

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3) Reimagined Landscape Three
for four turntables
2013

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Composer’s Notes:
Reimagined Landscape Three is an exploration into the power of multiplicity and re-contextualisation.

stage plot

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4) 3:30 AM, Teddy
for flute, oboe, bass trombone, vibraphone, piano and three turntables with Locked Groove TAPR06 LPs: Track 6
2013

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Composer’s Notes:
3:30 AM, Teddy features three copies of the same vinyl LP playing a locked-groove; a record with a concentric circle groove, thereby creating a loop. The simple loop repeats the pitch set: B and D#. 3:30 AM, Teddy plays with the listener’s perception by re-contextualising the loop in various ways. Harmony, tone colour, extended techniques and turntable techniques are featured throughout the work. Debussy’s Children Corner inspired the title of this work.

teddy

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5) Industry is Beautiful
for string quartet, percussionist and four turntablists
2014

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Composer’s Notes:
Industry is Beautiful positions a minimalist-flavoured string quartet against a simple and dramatic rhythm created by the percussionist and turntablists. The core theme in Industry is an ascending diatonic pattern that is re-harmonised several times throughout the piece. Industry is meant to be a dramatic piece; cinema music without the cinema.

industry

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6) For sale: baby shoes, never worn
for string quartet, piano, and two turntables
2014

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Composer’s Notes
For sale: baby shoes, never worn is a musical story told in three chapters, each chapter represented by a musical section. This piece is delivered in the spirit of a symphonic poem, however the music is not meant to be an interpretation of Hemingway’s famous flash novel of the same name, rather, this piece is meant to facilitate each listener to create their own story.

for sale

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7) Perc and Tables
for two violins, cello, bassoon, percussionist and five turntablists
2104

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Composer’s Notes:
Perc and Tables is a playful piece of music intended to exploit the tone blending between turntables and percussion. Many of the turntable gestures sound identical to their percussionist counter part. The affect is an aural illusion for the audience whereby one is unsure the origin of the sound they are experiencing.

perc

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8) The Theme
for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, French horn, timpani, piano, two violins, viola, cello, contrabass, and three turntables
2014

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Composer’s Notes:
The Theme juxtaposes lush orchestral textures against noisy locked-groove LPs. Homogeny is paramount; the conductor must calibrate the turntables’ peak volumes to the acoustic ensemble’s peak volume.

theme

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