A wave and waves

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A wave and waves by Michael Pisaro
For one hundred percussion instruments.

The first live performance of 'A wave and waves' by Michael Pisaro (USA) for 100 percussionists, presented by Speak Percussion and Melbourne Festival 2015.
In this rare, deep listening experience the audience sits among the performers to experience the music as if part of an ocean of sound. Colossal percussive waves are created by layers of imperceptibly soft sounds— sandpaper on stone, seeds falling on glass, bowed bells—forming a textural landscape bristling with detail.

A wave and waves is in two parts. The first part is a single wave, lasting 35’00” (sounds begin at 1:00) and the second part is 100 (smaller) waves, having the same total duration. There is a silence of 4 minutes between the two parts. All sounds are extremely soft. They are like single grains of sand (or molecules of water), which, by being combined with other like sounds form larger patterns and collections.


released January 22, 2017

Composer: Michael Pisaro
Guest Artist: Greg Stuart
Director: Eugene Ughetti
Tracking & mixing: Michael Hewes
Performers: Aaron Searcy, Abigail Barr, Aidan Tringas, Amy Harris, Andrew Aronowicz, Anna Camara, Ash Briody, Ashlee Clapp, Ben Byrne, Ben Ingvarson-Favretto, Bethany Lei, Carl Polke, Caroline Lim, Carolyn Schofield, Casey-John Prater, Cat McGauran, Krysztyna Eira, Chrissy Chan, Christine McCombe, Chris Nankervis, Daniel Dwyer, Dannielle Wilkinson, David Robertson, David Cramond, Deanne Muir, Derek McCormack, Diya Menon, Don Jordan, Eduardo Venegas Rivera, Elisabeth Bodey, Elizabeth Sarroff, Ellan Hyde, Eloise Gleeson, Emmanuella Grace, Eugene Ughetti, Erica Dawkins, Eyal Chipkiewicz, Fintan Hocking, Fleur Rubens, Gloria Ghent, Greg Stuart, Hamish Upton, Harry Shaw-Reynolds, Isabel Cameron, Jackson Vickery, Jacob Abela, James Townsend, Joanna Kerr, John Rechter, Jon Smeathers, Jordan Dale, Judy Pile, Jules Borghouts, Julie Ghent, Julie Ughetti, Karina Liu, Kate Bright, Kaylie Melville, Kim Ho, Kirsten Symczycz, Lachlan Harris, Lee Zelda Hunt, Lewis de Zoete, Liza Lim, Louisa Rankin, Louise Devenish, Lucy Walton, Madi Chwasta, Maria Moles, Mary Angeline Gonzales, Matthew Wilson, Matthias Schack-Arnott, Meg Hale, Mia Rowland, Mikaela Banitsiotis, Mitchell Mollison, Morna Hu, Mungo Moje-O'Brien, Natasha Prewett, Newton Peres, Nick Yates, Oliverio Furfori y Perry, Owen Bomford, Paul Wookey, Peter Kidson, Phoebe Kinrade, Regina Tan, Renee Koh Shuyi, Ruby Fiedler, Ruby Willis, Sam Gilfillan, Samantha Wolf, Sonja Boon, Sophie Dunn, Stacy Chang, Stacy Teuber, Stephen Kinrade, Tamara Kohler, Thea Rossen, Tiffany Tan, Timothy Phillips, Tom Stewart-Toner, Yunjia Liu, Zac Ohman, Zach Tay & Zoë Petch.



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