An Australian Incantation
(Good headphones recommended.)
An Australian Incantation - the complete work of 10+ minutes duration - was premiered at the Sfogato Festival in 2012.
It invites the listener to close the eyes, relax and drift into a wide, ancient Australia filled with the Spirits of the indigenous 'Dreaming'. It utilizes eclectic sound material: taken from recorded improvisations with Peter Simondson on Contrabass & Silvia Simons on Flute/Voice, from recorded bird, insect & nature sounds of Australia & other sounds.
Concert premiere in Melbourne on 13 April 2018
Michael Kieran Harvey - Piano
Melbourne Composers' League Pathways - Concert One
Indigo Realms is a homage to Felix Werder and uses the characters of his name to generate the pitch material. The letters of Felix Werder translate into the pitch classes: F, E, B, Ab, B, (= Felix) and Bb, E, F, Eb E, F (= Werder), heard thus in the opening 'flourish' of the piece.
Excerpt of the concert premiere in Melbourne on 24 Nov. 2012.
Leibniz Harmonien 2016
Modified Hannover Concert Version
Please listen through good quality headphones or speakers in order to enjoy the sounds.
Poème d'espace - 1st prize ex aequo in the category Sound Art
The complete work created for Leibniz Harmonien 2016 is of 20:25 minutes duration. This modified, shortened version is as presented in the concert series Leibniz Under Ground at: : Staatsoper Hannover on 19 August 2016.
As its only sound source, the work utilizes the naturally occuring sounds in the earth's magnetosphere, ionosphere and atmosphere - click here.
Preview Forme Astratte
Dreaming in the 21st Century
Excerpt of the concert premiere in Melbourne on 26 Nov. 2016:
Bass & Alto Flutes: Peter Sheridan
Didjeridu: Namatjira Morgan
The title alludes to The Dreaming of the indigenous Australian tribes, to a time, when the laws of living in harmony with animals & the land were established and handed down by the spirit ancestors. But it does not refer to a ‘golden age’ in the past, rather to a living, continuous dimension, still accessed by indigenous people today through ritual dance, mime, music & ceremonies, in which the didjeridu plays an important, ‘spiritual’ role. This work tries to evoke some of the above by leaving a lot of room ‘to breathe’, by a relatively sparse flow of changing musical events overall & by employing ‘extended techniques’ in such a way as to create an other- worldliness.
Forme Astratte - Piano (2018/19) - Preview Excerpts of work in progress.
This work utilizes solely 'extended techniques' on piano (e.g. plucking the strings inside the piano). It is intended for 'SPATIALIZATION' with IRCAM technology but can only be heard in stereo here. Pls comment here
Vox Novus New York & 60x60
The concept of Terraustralis is 'a breath of the Ancient Spirits of this land', with the only sound source of the piece being voices: the voice of the composer and the voices of birds recorded in the Australian Bush.
Programmed at the Australasian Computer Music Conference, 60x60 concert no. 2, in Melbourne 2014.
Spheres 2 was programmed by:
Hommage à Jean Tinguely
Perpetuum Mobile 2
Perpetuum Mobile 1
Kalon by Silvia Simons 2012
"My project "Extended" is a challenge to all composers to write music for unaccompanied flute with only extended techniques, no "normal" sounds at all."
Oiseaux de Lune
Created from a recorded live improvisation with Peter Simondson on Contrabass & Silvia Simons on Flute