A collection of pieces that are a sonic exploration of water in 13
Growing up by the Indian Ocean in Western Australia has always been a
profound influence on my work as composer and performer. In Western
Australia’s dry climate, each drop of water was always treated as
precious, and ever since I can remember has held a huge fascination for
The inspiration for this collection of pieces ranges from personal
experience to imagination, involving both sensual and analytical
evocation of water. The performance of these pieces is a musical
interpretation inviting the audience to experience each manifestation.
Each piece is designed as both a stand-alone miniature as well as a
small part of the larger collection. The images are based on stylised
interpretations of the various states of water.
The line between the world of organised musical sounds and the world of
natural sounds has for me become increasingly more blurred the longer I
have been a musician and a composer. This is also true for the line
dividing the areas of “music” and “sound design”. Having worked in many
areas of musical creation, the sounds I use are made by carefully
chosen objects as well as specifically crafted musical instruments.
Often in trying to find an instrument to create the sounds I am after,
I am drawn to objects in everyday use. These pieces are the result of
this integration of sounds.
Visual stimuli have always been a source of inspiration in sound for
me. The visual medium is another method of my creative expression, and
one very well suited to working with improvisers, when presented as
graphic scores. Part of my own creative exploration has involved the
adaptation of standard notation to enhance the interpretation
parameters of improvisers. Elements of individuality, chance and
spontaneity are opened up through the use of images.
Each score functions as a tool for improvisation of varying degrees.
The information ranges from through-composed pieces to improvisations
working freely from the image, or a memory of the image. Each piece
explores a different balance or mix of standard notation and graphic
notation. Text directions also accompany each image as a guide to
intention and interpretation.
My challenge is to present improvisers with information in such a way
that opens up the path for creative expression and invention.
Parameters are necessary to focus the work, and to draw the musician
from a rigid to an exploratory use of the information.