Davidson, Robert A. (2000) McLibel. (Unpublished)


The longest trial in British history is examined from a musical perspective. Audio recordings of statements made by the key figures, including defendents Dave Morris and Helen Steel, are accompanied with harmonic structures designed to emphasise the prosodic features of the recorded speech. These speeches are placed into lengthy, paragraph-length passages sustained carefully by directed harmonic motion. The music shows history in a new perspective, throws light onto melodic links between the two domains of music and language, reveals "non-musicians" as composers and illustrates distinctive melodic styles of individuals.

The work was commissioned by San Franscisco's Paul Dresher Ensemble. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its principal arts funding and advisory body.

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ID Code: 7077
Item Type: Other
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: mcdonalds, libel, mclibel, documentary, prosody, intonation, harmony, melody
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Musicology and Ethnomusicology (190409)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Robert Davidson
Copyright Statement: Creative Commons non-commercial licence.
Deposited On: 20 Apr 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:39

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