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Machine Noise

for piano

Year:  2006   ·  Duration:  6m

Year:  2006
Duration:  6m

Composer:   Michael Norris

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Michael Norris: Machine Noi...

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Stephen de Pledge: Landscap...

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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.

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Commissioned by Stephen De Pledge

Stephen De Pledge

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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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