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The composer writes:
'The first impulse when commissioned to write a piece for STRIKE is to to write a show off bravura piece for as many different percussion instruments as you can get your hands on - so this time I decided to make it for the fewest instruments I could get my hands on - and then they're not even real instruments.
Tubes uses four pieces of aluminium pipe, and draws on balinese interlocking techniques for some of its material. I particularly love the idea of creating interesting sounds with junk - the concept that you can create beautiful music with stuff that isn't worth anything, financially speaking. Despite the simplicity of the concept, the piece is incredibly difficult to play - all four players have to play as if they were one person.'
Commissioned by STRIKE
03 Jul 2008: Strike: Elemental 1 (Wgtn)