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Composed in 2004 (when text messages via mobile phone was still a relatively recent convention), this piece explores the possibilities of this form of everyday, personal communication. "Talking" via limited text characters disrupts conventional notions of time and conversational pace and leads communication towards a more stilted and abbreviated language. This still evolving language is characterised by the shortening of words through the removal of vowels, the running together of words and the omission of conventional punctuation. Punctuation takes on a more expressive role within the text acting as a form of language in its own right.
Despite operating at a level in which only the barest elements of communication are available (including the absence of important visual and aural cues) text messages often find a way around these limitations and can be witty, warm and deeply emotional form of immediate connection that challenges the conventions of the spoken or written word.
In this work, the 2 instruments match one another, pace for pace and mood for mood as they 'talk'. The music is not intended to be a deliberated evocation of text messaging, but some of the unique aspects of the text message inform the musical language of the piece.
txt msgs was commissioned by 175 East and is dedicated to Gretchen La Roche and Ingrid Culliford.
hp u enjy it ! :) thx 2 175 e & cnz 4 fndg
Commissioned by 175 East with funding from Creative New Zealand
Dedicated to Gretchen Dunsmore
12 Jun 2004: Performed by 175 East - Ingrid Culliford (flute), Gretchen La Roche (clarinet) at the Southern Ballet Theatre, The Arts Centre, Christchurch
Performed by 175 East: Gretchen La Roche (clarinet) and Ingrid Culliford (clarinet)