Faculty of Education and Arts
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Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
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Cruel and Usual is a music composition for string quartet electronics. It is inspired by an article by the Al Jazeera news service that discusses the use of solitary confinement in US prisons as incarceration rates explode in the USA. In some cases, prisoners have remained in solitary for over 38 years., or may even be children, and the reasons for going in there are not always clear or legitimate. This kind of confinement is known as ‘no touch torture’.
Drone, glissandi and the trembling bass are features of this work, where the string players are sampled at certain small moments of the piece, and ‘translated’ into much lower ranges instantaneously, which fade out, grow, and distort as indicated on the score.
This work was originally produced in 2011.
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.dsz, .pdf, .ai, mp3, MaxPatch
This work uses a graphic score that can be read as a video or in the Decibel ScorePlayer.
A MaxMSP Patch to perform the electronics for the piece included, or the performers may design their own to realise the score.
Click here to see information on how you can download the Decibel ScorePlayer ipad application.
Users can view the music score file via the Decibel ScorePlayer ipad application.
Users can open the MaxPatch files in Max version 5.
Hope, C. (2015). Cruel and Usual. Edith Cowan University. Retrieved from https://ro.ecu.edu.au/datasets/22
MaxPatch.zip (271 kB)
Cruel and Usual Audio Patch.zip (893 kB)
CruelAndUsualCatHope.pdf (814 kB)
ch_cruelandusual-A3horiz.pdf (417 kB)
CruelAndUsual.ai (388 kB)
CruelandUsual_pic.png (41 kB)
cruel_and_usual_sml.mp3 (3988 kB)