perc(2): vib/2 tuned gong/tgl/whistle/large siren/5 wdbl/2 giant or wdbl/3 susp.cym/tam-t/2 conga/2 brake drum/2 BD/glsp/drum kit/c.bells/tamb/chicken shaker/sleighbells/3 bongos


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Programme Notes

There were two initial points of inspiration behind the composition of this piece. Firstly, I was interested in writing a work that made use of a constant pulse.  This pulse continues throughout most of the composition, though at different speeds for different sections.  Hence the “pulse” in the title.
Secondly, the four instrumentalists either work together as a team, or else in opposition.  Just as a pair of magnets attract or repulse one another, so the musicians come together or move apart.  This particularly applies to the pianists working in opposition to the percussionists.
Pulse Magnet contains three sections.  The opening and closing sections are energetic in character, relentlessly bubbling or pounding along.  The middle section is quieter and more reserved in tone.
Pulse Magnet was premiered by the Australian Virtuosi in The Studio, Sydney Opera House on 9th November, 2001.  It was commissioned by the Australian Virtuosi with the financial assistance of the Australia Council, the Commonwealth Government’s Arts Funding and advisory body.



‘…a feast of rhythmic entertainment without veering to the anticipated extremes of either atonality or who-dropped-the-cutlery-drawer percussion cacophony. The work’s harddriving opening section played with high- and low- register contrasts from the piano, which gradually slowed down and then fell silent amidst intermittent gong sounds. The keyboards then quietly returned for a melodic interlude – until a gong blast sent them off on a musical roller-coaster ride accompanied by a flashing red spotlight and whistle blows. Finally one of the percussionists ran around to the front of the stage and cranked up a hand-drive siren, whereupon the lights fell and the performers all rand off the stage, leaving the siren wailing to itself under the red spotlight as its handle spun round with decreasing speed.’ Andante (Sandra Bowdler) ‘Matthew Hindson's Pulse Magnet was impressive as a feat of memory and ensemble playing… Hindson's new piece is typical, in-your-face heavy-metal music informed by a generous amount of youthful iconoclasm. It features the most bizarre coda in musical memory, with performers fleeing the stage to the sound of an air-raid siren.’ Adelaide Advertiser (Stephen Whittington), 24 July 2002

Pulse Magnet

Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music (Bydgoszcz, Poland)

Timpiano Quartet

Pulse Magnet


Symphony Space (New York City, NY, USA)

Pascal Rogé/Ami Rogé/Gregory Zuber/Duncan Patton

Pulse Magnet

No Venue (Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France)

Pascal Rogé/Ami Rogé/Daniel Ciampolini/Christian Hamouy

Pulse Magnet

Old Granary Studio (Beccles, Suffolk, United Kingdom)

Pascal Rogé/Ami Rogé/Paul Clarvis/Joby Burgess

Pulse Magnet


Carole Nash Recital Room, Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, United Kingdom)

The Auden Quartet