A long time fascination with the movement and sound of water provided the stimulus for a work in which I concentrated on the idea of simulating the interplay of different rates of movement in various sound textures. These range from the gentle movement in a pool to the turbulence of a swift flowing river.
With the Current was commissioned by the Australian new music ensemble Flederman with funding from the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand and the New Zealand Composers Foundation. The work was first performed by this ensemble at the University of Adelaide on 6 May 1986.
This work was recorded by the Karlheinz Company in March 1989.
singer, two actors, signal processed voice, live mixed tapes and diffusion. Characters include a singing/talking house, an obsessive compulsive housewife, a Sumerian priestess, home appliances that have their own songs, the 'Great Mother' and a bag lady.
This work for flute,clarinet and bassoon is in three sections which are performed as one movement. It explores linear techniques in music and is expressively atonal with quiet reflective passages as well as more exuberant ones. ‘Woodwind Trio’ was awarded First Prize in the 1987 Victoria University Composers’ Competition.