OCCAM HEXA II (2016) by Eliane Radigue and Carol Robinson

Cat Hope (Performer), Aaron Wyatt (Performer), Lindsay Vickery (Performer), Stuart James (Performer), Tristen Parr (Performer)

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What are the ways a 6 piece ensemble can articulate the direct influence of electronic to acoustic sounds in the work of Radigue? This is the European premiere performance of a commissioned composition of leading French composer Elaine Radigue, the first facilitated by her collaborator Carol Robinson. The work explores how the timbres and durations of the ARP synthesiser can be replicated in acoustic environments using a selected image of water as a referent (Pressing, 1997).
A series of processes that facilitate this articulation were passed down orally from Radigue through Robinson to the performers, which in turn enables the piece to be passed to others.

Radigue’s compositions explore new timbres for acoustic instruments, personalised for particular ensembles. A unique non-notated composition methodology creates sounds impossible to attain any other way. Engaging multiphonics, new fingerings, innovative breathing/bowing and
articulation, this work is the first by Radigue for this combination of instruments seeing new tecniques developed. The work is constructed with solos, duos, trios then the full combination as the final composition.

French composer Radigue is internationally recognised as the leading microtonal composer for acoustic instruments in contemporary practice. Decibel, led by Hope, are the first Australian group to secure a Radigue commission, funded by Category 2 funding (WA Dept Culture and the Arts, $20 000). A recording of the work has been done and is planned for compilation of Radigues work on French label Shiin in 2019. The concert also featured other Radigue works performed by leading artists such as Cat Lamb and Lionel Marchetti.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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