amplified shakuhachi and CD
Electronics with Live Performers, Flute/Piccolo
Commissioned by Riley Lee, for the Sydney World Shakuhachi Festival 2008, with assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body
First Performance
5.7.2008, Sydney World Shakuhachi Festival 2008, Sydney, Australia: Yoshio Kurahashi

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Programme Notes
Many will people will be aware of the physical and emotional state experienced directly after being the recipient of a violent crime (e.g. a mugging, a home invasion, an assault). In addition to the rush of adrenaline there may be panic, fear, anger and aggression, all within an overall state of confusion and disbelief. It is conceivable that the shakuhachi could be used as a weapon of self-defence in such situations, and this work uses the above reactions as a starting point. Shakedown deliberately places the wonderfully mellifluous sound of the shakuhachi within a context of distorted, prerecorded violence. The CD part also demonstrates influences of electronic dance music and Japanese noise music. Matthew Hindson, 2008

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