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The Last Days of Reality

posted on 06.09.2021, 02:33 by Cat HopeCat Hope, Lionel Marchetti
This is a composition for tam tam, bass flute and partition concrete. It is co-compsed with Lionel Marchetti (who made the partition concrete) composed in 2018.

You need the Decibel ScorePlayer (see below) to perform this work. It has audio palyback embedded in it, and you need a mini jack out to a sound system.

The Last Days of Reality is the title of an article by Mark Pesce in the magazine Meanjin Quarterly. In it, he notes that “it’s becoming increasingly difficult to determine what in our interactions is simply human and what is machine-generated. It is becoming difficult to know what is real.”

The majority of my compositions use scores that are read on an iPad tablet computer, using the Decibel ScorePlayer, an application available on the App Store . Any fixed media is embedded in the score, and some feature automated functions. In the case of ensemble works, multiple iPads can be networked on a LAN or over the Internet so parts can be read in a synchronised way. You should upload the score file (ending with.dsz) to your iPad from your computer via AirDrop on an Apple, or cable from a PC. Instructions on how to do this and using the Decibel ScorePlayer, more generally are included in the Application, which ships with five other scores.

Thus my works have different versions of the score, as you may see above. A PDF/PNG file of the score ‘image’, a DSZ file to upload onto the iPad for performance, and for some less complex scores, a video version. Hardcopies are also available from my publisher. You can find out more about the Decibel ScorePlayer, and how to make your own scores for it, here.

Premiered at 'Carcasses of Angels' performed by Vanessa Tomlinson and Cat at the Queensland Conservatorium, August 3, 2019.
Piano Mill, Laugavin, NSW, performed by Vanessa Tomlinson and Cat Hope, August 4, 2019.

Featured on the Room 40 'Last Days of Reality' CD, music by Decibel and Lionel Marchetti. RM4012