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NonZeroSum for ensemble

Lyons, F (2017) NonZeroSum for ensemble. [Composition]

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Abstract

The title of the piece is derived from game theory and describes a scenario where players can engage in competition without there being an outright winner or loser. This concept underpins how the players in the ensemble interact. The ensemble comprises amplified string quartet and five digital instruments and the nine players work through sections entitled, Bells, Wind, Wood, Whistle, Note, ending with a return to the opening Bells. Change ringing patterns are the focus of the gaming approach and dictate many of the parameters in the piece. A number of ideas recur, designed to provide signposts to the players; these include the soft granulated bell sounds, the rapid ascending and descending patterns on strings and the fast rhythmic hocketing patterns which end each section.Four of the sections, Wind, Wood, Whistle, Note, end with improvisations where the players respond to graphic symbols drawn in real time using colour and shape coding.

Item Type:Composition
Keywords:inclusive ensemble, creative technologies, improvisation
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Creative Arts and Technologies
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > Creative Arts and Technologies
ID Code:38153
Deposited By: Professor Frank Lyons
Deposited On:18 Jun 2017 23:02
Last Modified:18 Jun 2017 23:02

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