Practical Mechanics

by Nonsemble

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    Printed and bound copy of Practical Mechanics, including A3 full score which contains quotes and images which inspired the work, and a full set of A4 instrumental part booklets. Hand-made, numbered and signed.

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    Printed and hand-bound copy of the Practical Mechanics A3 full score, containing quotes and images which inspired the work. Hand-made, numbered and signed.

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about

Nonsemble is a chamber group which draws on eclectic musical influences to fill a space somewhere between the conservatoire and the underground. It tips its hat equally to Mogwai and Ligeti; Autechre and Philip Glass.

Formed in 2012 by composer Chris Perren (of Mr. Maps, lofly/hangar), Nonsemble features some of Brisbane’s most talented young players, including Hik Sugimoto on percussion, Sam Mitchell, on piano, Flora Wong and Sam Andrews on violin, Kieran Welch on viola, and Briony Luttrell on Cello.

In the short time since their inception the ensemble have performed at Restrung Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse with some of Australia’s top classical and new music ensembles, and were selected to play at Harvest Festival 2012 alongside acts such as Beck, Sigur Ros and Grizzly Bear.

Practical Mechanics is an ode to technological optimism, and playfully explores the belief that science can solve all human problems. The titles and text excerpts are taken from the tattered pages of vintage issues of Practical Mechanics Magazine, a home science and technology magazine published between 1933 and 1963.

The collision of hard scientific law with domestic human life, is reflected by the juxtaposition of mathematical and rule-based compositional approaches and the ineffably chaotic nature of human musical intuition. Practical Mechanics employs various rational and rule-based pattern-making techniques, including Schillingerian methods, list structures, additive and constructive techniques and others devised by the composer. This machine-like nature is especially prominent within the rhythm of the piece, and imbues the work with a complex yet controlled sense of mechanical determinacy. The harmony on the other hand is immediate and expressive, referring more to popular and folk music and reflecting the human needs central to the development and use of technology.

For more information go to nonsemble.com.au, or email chrisperren@gmail.com.

credits

released July 6, 2013

Composed by Chris Perren in Collaboration with Nonsemble
Percussion: Hik Sugimoto
Piano: Samuel Mitchell
Violins: Flora Wong and Samuel Andrews
Viola: Kieran Welch
Cello: Briony Luttrell
Guitar/Synth/Samples: Chris Perren

Recorded at UQ Nickson Room in December 2012 by Briony Luttrell and Chris Perren. Mixed and Produced by Chris Perren. Released on lofly recordings.

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