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Wolf at Harp

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posted on 2019-09-03, 22:31 authored by Cat HopeCat Hope
For four drum kits (jazz, metal, indie and classical percussion).

Commissioned by Mona Foma 2010.

To perform this work, you need the Decibel ScorePlayer (see below)

Wolf at Harp is a work that examines stylistic difference in improvisation using a graphic score to guide performers ideas. Four different styles of drummer (indie rock, jazz/swing, classical percussion and heavy/death metal) read the score whilst freely allowing their own style to permeate the piece. The work was commissioned by the MONA FOMA Festival, where it was premiered.

"a beautiful and textural piece that brings together four drummers - disciples of differing drumming worlds - swing, indie, classical and technical metal. Cat created a notation that allowed for improvisation and breadth" Josh Santospirito, Drive West Today, 2010.

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.


Premier Mona Foma, Hobart, Tasmania, January 15, 2010. Alf Properjohn (Drumkit -- jazz), Henry Nichol (drumkit - indie), Sam Dalsen (drumkit - death metal), Tracey Patten (percussion).

Selected Shorts, WAAPA, March 2010 with Charles Chase (drumkit - metal), CallumMoncreiff (percussion), Pete Guazzelli (drum kit - indie) and Garo Tanzi (drumkit - jazz).
The Make It Up Club, July 17, 2012 with Nat Grant (percussion), Gareth Thomspon (drumkit - metal), Ian Wadley (drum kit - indie) and Dan Crow (drumkit - jazz).


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