Generation after generation
Davidson, Robert A. (2008) Generation after generation. (Unpublished)
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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|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
Past > Schools > Music & Sound
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2008 Robert Davidson|
|Copyright Statement:||Creative Commons attribution non-commercial|
|Deposited On:||25 Feb 2009 22:01|
|Last Modified:||09 Jun 2010 13:26|
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