Cat Hope - Ephemeral Rivers - Chambers Works (Label: hat[now] ART 200)

Cat Hope (Photographer)

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Can animated notation make a significant contribution to the canon of new music through recording? This recording of 5 contrasting works by Cat Hope commissioned by leading Swiss based label, Hat Hat Art presents texturally driven, drone and noise influenced animated notation compositions that explore how this notation form effectively coordinates and highlights electronics as an instrument in the chamber music ensemble. The works are Miss Fortune X (2012), Cruel and Usual (2011), Broken Approach (2013), Dynamic Architecture (2015) and Sogno 102 (2013). Featuring leading Australian performers Decibel (featuring Hope on flute), Mark Cauvin, Vanessa Tomlinson and the Atticus Quartet. This album is the first internationally distributed CD release featuring exclusively animated notated scores. Contextualised by extensive program notes written by prominent English new music composer and scholar Christopher Fox, the works explore how animated notation can be used to explore the interaction between strictly notated and open form notations. The recording highlights how superior to common practice notation animated notation is when depicting drone, glissandi and noise in chamber music performance. The album is distributed worldwide and awarded the German Critics Record Prize for best contemporary art music release in 2017. Hat Hut is the leading new music label worldwide, founded in 1974 having released albums by composers such as John Cage, Morton Feldman, Sun Ra, John Zorn and others. The CD was glowingly reviewed by German magazine JazzNMore, French Magazine Revue & Corrigee 114, The Wire, and leading UK classical music magazine, Gramophone, who on the basis of this CD, called Hope one of “Australia’s most exciting and individual creative voices.”
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasel Switzerland
PublisherHat Hut Records
Media of outputCD
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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