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In He Gives What He Likes, I explore musical ideas I heard in mbira music. He Gives What He Likes was composed for Columbia University's Music Department's centennial celebrations in 1996/97. The material is derived from a soundtrack I composed for a Theatre at Large production of King Lear in New Zealand August 1996. It is also featured in an hour-long tape piece for Pina Bausch's dance company at the Folkwang Hochschulle in Essen in 1998. He Gives What He Likes was realized at the Composition Studios at Auckland University and at the Computer Music Center at Columbia University in New York City.
I think of computer technology finessing a special relationship between a composer and his or her music through the privilege of being able to create a performance. In He Gives What He Likes, I let myself be seduced by performance impossibilities, while at the same time hoping to express musical ideas -- especially those I heard in mbira music -- that would seem evocative of an actual performance. He Gives What He Likes was composed for Columbia University's Music Department's centennial celebrations in 1996.
Commissioned for the Columbia University's Music Department's Centennial Celebrations in 1996
25 Sep 1997: Realised at the International Computer Music Conference, Thessaloniki in Greece
13 Dec 1997: Realised at USA/Japan InterCollege Computer Music Festival at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan
28 Apr 1998: Realised at Computer Music Festival, National University of Uruguay, Montevideo, Uruguay
29 Nov 1998: Broadcast on RTQE: Trajectories (the walkthrough), WORT-FM 89.9, Madison, Wisconsin in USA
01 May 2001: Broadcast on 3CCC-FM 89.5 in Melbourne, Australia