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Machine Noises

a "landscape prelude" for piano

Year:  2006   ·  Duration:  6m

Year:  2006
Duration:  6m

Composer:   Michael Norris

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To borrow or hire parts please email SOUNZ directly at info@sounz.org.nz. Please note that only library members in New Zealand and Australia can borrow or hire parts.

About

In the book Consciousness Explained Daniel Dennett convincingly argues that there is nothing about human consciousness, emotion or experience that cannot be encompassed by a purely physical, biological and mechanical explanation. We do not need to refer to some 'soul' or 'mind's eye' to describe our experiences. We are, in short, machines – just very clever machines.

These three short miniatures push the performer to the limits, yet, paradoxically, a 'human' reading of the score still brings to the surface a more energetic, compelling and arguably musical performance than a merely mechanical rendition.


Commissioned note

Commissioned by Stephen De Pledge

Stephen De Pledge


Difficulty note

Includes note clusters


Performance history

25 May 2007: Lunchtime Concert of New Zealand Piano Music

03 Nov 2007: Performed by Stroma at St Andrew's on The Terrace, Wellington

27 Feb 2008: Landscapes

25 Aug 2010: NZ Landscapes in UK

05 Apr 2011: Stephen De Pledge at The New Zealand International Piano Festival

04 Jul 2011: Stephen de Pledge: Landscape Preludes

22 Mar 2012: Stephen de Pledge presents the "Landscape Preludes" to Scotland

Performed by Henry Wong Doe.

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