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Peter Scholes: Antikythera ...Embedded audio
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Antikythera is an island between Greece and a larger island called Kythera. It is the site of a very significant archeological find in 1901. The object is a complex piece of clockwork machinery, designed to calculate astronomical positions. It has been dated to 150-100 BC.
The device is remarkable for the level of miniaturisation and complexity of its parts, showing a craftsmanship comparable to that of 18th century clocks.
The music seeks to convey the interaction between the components of the clockwork mechanism and the idea that this thing has lain dormant for 2000 years, and has been carefully reconstructed.
15 Oct 2006: Performed by Mette Leroy (flute), Pete Scholes and Andrew Uren (bass clarinets), Daniel Stabler (double bass) conducted by Claire Nash at a Committee Clocktower Concert in Auckland