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C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

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Harrison, Holly: Balderdash 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Balderdash
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    14
  • Year of composition: 
    2017
  • First performance (year): 
    2018
  • First performance (venue): 
    2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, Melbourne Australia
  • First performance (performers): 
    Gildas Quartet; Baum Quartet; Callisto Quartet; Idomeneo Quartet; Quartuor Quartet; Thaleia Quartet
  • Keywords: 
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    Balderdash begins and ends with amplifier feedback: a sound that quickly makes us bring our fingers to our ears! The piece imagines an alternate world in which music is heard between the feedback – a sort of sub/hyper-sonic sound world which takes place in mere seconds.
    With this in mind, the string quartet explores musical ideas inspired by electric guitar, including distortion, white noise, whammy bars, power-chords, dive-bombs, wah-wah, phaser effects, slap bass, and of course, speaker feedback. Balderdash makes high use of punk rock rhythms, dissonance, and percussive-based jams, which morph in and out of bluegrass, grunge, prog-rock, metal, and . . . disco.

    Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by Silo Collective for the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

  • Technical specs: 

    n/a

 

Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
4
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
2
Viola
1
Cello
1

 

 

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