From ‘Ellipse’ Composer

"OVER THE YEARS MANY PEOPLE HAVE REMARKED...

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“OVER THE YEARS MANY PEOPLE HAVE REMARKED to me that my music would be well suited for dance. On one hand, this may be unsurprising in that many of the influences on my work are derived from contemporary dance music – especially the techno genre, music of the club and rave scenes. On the other hand, in compositions such as Speed, Chrissietina’s Magic Fantasy and Technologic 2, all of which are used tonight, the initial dance music foundation was subjected to such a wide variation of musical techniques that their heritage is transformed to form part of the classical music concert tradition.

The selection of pieces for Ellipse was curated by Carl Vine, a composer whose works will be well known to followers of Sydney Dance Company. Carl listened to just about all of my work and made a varied selection that he thought would fit together for a two-act dance piece. The majority of compositions used in the program, including those listed above, are energetic and vigorous in content, whilst others such as the two versions of Lament and Westaway, are particularly illustrative of my aim to elicit beauty through music.

My approach to both Carl and Graeme has been to let them do whatever they want with the music – after all, they are both the undisputed masters of the genre. I am going to be extremely interested to view the final result.”

Matthew Hindson May 2002

PSX duo Francine Power and Scott Mclntyre have been working together for the past four years under the guise of PSX, an electronic studio/ performance-based ensemble from Melbourne.

Francine and Scott were chosen to ‘remix’ Matthew Hindson’s Speed for Ellipse. Their approach to the task was to mix elements and components from the original orchestral recording into an electronic representation. Initial impressions may be that what they have come up with is quite different from the original, but careful listening reveals textural layering that mimics the original.

Francine Power studied violin at the Melbourne University School of Music and studied electronic music at Latrobe University. Scott Mclntyre studied composition at the Melbourne University School of Music.

 

Ellipse - the music

Laments cello and piano
STUDIO RECORDING BY DAVID PEREIRA (CELLO) and IAN MUNRO (PIANO)

Technologic 2 for string orchestra and percussion
LIVE RECORDING BY THE ACADEMY OF MELBOURNE

Chrissietina’s Magic Fantasy lor two violins
LIVE RECORDING BY SUSIE PARK and MAREINEITO (VIOLINS)

Lament far cello and orchestra
LIVE RECORDING BY NATHAN WAKS (SOLO CELLO) with THE SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, COND. RICHARD GILL

Homage to Metallica for orchestra with amplified 1/8 sized violin solo
LIVE RECORDING BY MARTIN LASS (SOLO VIOLIN) with THE SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, COND. SIMONE YOUNG

“Westaway” Violin Concerto: Australian Postcards
LIVE RECORDING BY NAOKO MIYAMOTO (SOLO VIOLIN) with THE SYDNEY YOUTH ORCHESTRA, COND. TOM WOODS

Speed for orchestra
STUDIO RECORDING BY THE TASMANIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, COND. DAV1C PORCELIJN