47 [descent of the celestial monkey wrench] 1997 2 sop., sax, vcl, pno, perc. 38m
[descent of the celestial monkey wrench] is a cycle of 14 songs for two sopranos and chamber ensemble.The work was premiered at Perth Australia's Totally Huge New Music Festival in 1997 by New Music group Magnetic Pig. [descent] has been described as an "intensely moving exploration of passion and loss" and its gritty and sincere evocation of the emotional landscape has been compared to Neruda, Beckett and Vasko Popa. [descent] has been performed a number of times since 1997 both in concert and as the score for a dance performance of the same name. It has been performed in the LA County Museum of Art Artists in Residence Series by the California EAR Unit and at New York’s Music at the Anthology Series by members of the Philip Glass Ensemble.At the centre of [descent] is an intimate and powerful text that is set to exquisitely simple and yet precise music. The text forms a kind of diary spanning a six month period exploring a wide range of emotions/ideas across that elicited a variety of musical responses from the composer drawing on his background in process music; found musical objects, free improvisation and electronic music.
[descent] is a work that breaks stylistic boundaries showing the influence of the 'numinous' music of Ligeti and Pärt in which arguably the unity of structure and meaning creates something beyond both as much as the pared-back directness and simplicity of 'slow-core' bands such as Low and Sparklehorse.
46 strange tides (redraw my boundaries...) 1997 s. sax and digital delay 7m
strange tides was written for dancer Tara Bollard's work Reclaiming Spirit. It grew out of an improvisation using a digital delay, based on ideas from my song cycle [descent of the celestial monkey wrench]. It also documents a period of re-immersion into free improvisation.
45 Immense Forest of Breathing 1997 Orchestra 7m
43 Garden of Delight 1997 Interactive installation