Tura New Music & Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
“Primorph”, a contraction of ‘Primitive Morphologies’, was commissioned for Decibel Ensemble by Difficult Listening, RTRFM’s contemporary art music program.
Primorph uses simple, geometric volumes - spheres, cubes and cones - and applies twists, bends, rotations and other distortions to create a myriad of constantly metamorphosing forms throughout the piece. The performers reflect these metamorphoses, transposing the visual changes into movements in sound across pitch, duration and timbral domains, oscillating between fairly strict criteria and more poetic interpretations. The piece represents a continuation of the composer’s previous work in the transposition of movement in space to sound where dancers have been the moving objects from which the sound derives its motion over time. The animation created for the piece also reflects this previous work in the theatrically staged setting of its five moving objects, each of which is identified with a particular instrument.
Primorph was composed by Jonathan Mustard and performed as part of Anime, Concert 3 of the Scale Variable 2015 series, at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts on 5 September 2015.
Cat Hope: Artistic Director, flute, bass, electronics
Lindsay Vickery: reeds, composition, score design, electronics
Stuart James: piano, percussion, composition, electronics, MaxMSP, spatialisation
Tristen Parr: violoncello
Aaron Wyatt: violin/viola, iOS programming
Louise Devenish: percussion
Sound Design: Johannes Mulder
Technical Assistants: Laura Halligan, Jean-Michel Maujean