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Tone Being

posted on 2019-08-13, 05:52 authored by Cat HopeCat Hope
For Tam Tam and sub woofer.
Composed in 2016.
Commissioned by Louise Devenish.
You need the Decibel ScorePlayer and the related score file to perform this work.

This is a study that continues Cat Hope’s explorations into low frequency sound as a frame for music structure and textural reflection. It is the second of a series of works for instruments and a sub woofer part. The sub woofer part, which is built into the score, consists of sine tones pitched according to measurements taken from distances between parts in the graphically notated score. This score is made up of ten unique approaches to the surface of the tam tam, that are presented to the performer in a fixed order and duration. The work explores an emphasis on the line as annotation for for timbre, time and harmonic development.

Each colour is a different beater;
Red: Superball (2 different sizes)
Blue: yarn mallet (variety of sizes)
Yellow: hard mallet or sticks
Orange: soft brush/brushes.
Green: mallet or object of performers choice
orange circle - metal bowl to ‘cup’ the sound.
sub part indication is in pink (not to be played)

The circular space indicates the area of the tam tam. Lines indicated a dragged mallet, with no audible attack at the start. The width of the line indicates the pressure/volume applied. Unless indicated, the direction of the line is free. Filled circles are hits, dynamic suggested by size. Take your time between each ‘figure’ on each slide; overlap them at times, vary the time you take between each figure. Move smoothly between slides as they fade over each other. The sub part is roughly indicated on each slide.

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 the State Theatre Centre, Perth, August, 2016.
Book of Daughters, JOLT Arts, 11 November 2016,
Performing Ideterminacy Conference, 2 July, 2016, Leeds, UK; INLAND, Perth, September 2017.

Released on Louise Devenish 'Music for Percussion and Electronics, Tall Poppies CD TP248.


Australia Council for the Arts


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