(picc).18.104.22.168 asax.2 - 2(4).2.2.1 - timp - perc(6): glsp/xylo/drum kit/2 crash cym/ch.cym/2 wdbl/congas or bongos/tgl/claves/sand block (or chicken shaker or maraca)/vibraslap/c.bell/tamb - pno - strings
Commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. This version was especially commissioned as part of their Playerlink series, in which students joined in performance with a number of professional members of the
RPM stands for Revolutions per Minute. This piece seeks to capture the feeling of unrelenting speed, acceleration and momentum. The composer was influenced by heavy metal music, and describes the overall effect as similar to that of driving in a car at a very high speed.
prog.note from Symphony Under the Stars programme guide, 1998
Matthew Hindson is an academic staff member at the University of Sydney.