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Sinew/Synapse is concerned with ideas of connection: the causal links between brain and body, score and sound, performance gesture and sonic result. The musical materials existed first as independent objects, which were then manipulated to draw out links between them. I was particularly interested in areas in which the acoustical systems of the instrument become unstable, where a precisely specified physical gesture will produce an unpredictable sonic result. Many of the sounds hover around the threshold of audibility, and the performer is constantly involved in a delicate balancing act. Sinew/Synapse is dedicated to the cellist Robert Ibell, whose role in the music's evolution was invaluable.
Sinew/Synapse was a finalist for the SOUNZ Contemporary Award in 2001.
Commissioned by Robert Ibell
for Robert Ibell
04 Sep 2001: Performed by Robert Ibell, cello at Canterbury University
20 Sep 2001: Performed by Robert Ibell (cello) at the Adam Concert Room, Victoria University, Wellington
Performed by Robert Ibell in October2003
Performed by Robert Ibell (cello)