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dirty pixels was written in response to two stimuli: an exhibition of the same name (curator, Stella Brennan) in the Adam Art Gallery featuring New Zealand artwork of a certain rough-hewn, 'gritty' nature; and hearing the work Jagden und Formen by German composer Wolfgang Rihm, an unremittingly wild and preposterous discourse of extremes.
These two stimuli caused something of an aesthetic dilemma: leaving behind my rather French fondness for euphonious washes of sound, I became interested in the characteristics of 'roughness' and 'raggedness', and in how a 'pure' conceptual scheme, such as the quite systematic construction I had formulated just prior to starting this piece, became 'dirtied' by intuition, by the exigencies of the material and by the reality of having it performed.
Michael Norris Notes taken from The NZTrio - Spark Morrison Music Trust MMT2066
Commissioned by the New Zealand Trio with funding from Creative New Zealand
22 Aug 2004: Performed by the NZTrio at Music Theatre, School of Music, Auckland University
30 Nov 2007: FUEL 2007 Festival of New Zealand Music
29 May 2011: NZTrio Kiwi Sampler 2
17 Apr 2012: New Zealand in L.A.
15 Nov 2012: NZTrio in Turkey - Asian Composers' Festival
07 Aug 2014: NZ Trio Art3 | Tauranga
Performed by the NZTrio