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Generation after generation

Davidson, Robert A. (2008) Generation after generation. (Unpublished)

Abstract

Composed for the 2008 US Election night on 4 November, this work was first performed on that night in New York city by Newspeak ensemble. In reflecting on the leadup to the election, I was dismayed that the Republican vice presidential candidate was alleged to be persuaded by the arguments of creationism, believing that the earth is 6000 years old and humans coexisted with dinosaurs.

Being a Brisbane-based composer, I remembered my schoolboy encounters with Brisbane creationist Ken Ham, the man behind the infamous $30 million Creation Museum in Kentucky, USA. He seemed an appropriate link between my own experience and the US election, if the stories about Sarah Palin were to be believed.

Ken Ham's voice is used as the basis of the music, his intonation being mimicked by the instruments and framed with harmonic and rhythmic contexts that are designed to emphasise the musical qualities of his speech. Repetition is rarely employed, and long passages of speech are preserved unedited, their melodic direction being followed strictly by the harmony of the music.

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ID Code: 18302
Item Type: Other
Additional Information: Commissioned by Newspeak ensemble, New York, New York
Keywords: prosody, chamber music, post-minimalism, creationism, Sarah Palin
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Music & Sound
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Robert Davidson
Copyright Statement: Creative Commons attribution non-commercial
Deposited On: 26 Feb 2009 08:01
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 23:26

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