Topology and Davidson, Robert (2010) Bounce. New Farm, QLD, Australia, Brisbane Powerhouse.

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Author Topology
Davidson, Robert
Title Bounce
Place of publication New Farm, QLD, Australia
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Publisher Brisbane Powerhouse
Publication date 2010-09-17
Series Brisbane Festival 2010
Total pages 1 musical performance (60 mins)
Language eng
Subject 190407 Music Performance
190203 Electronic Media Art
190205 Interactive Media
Live Performance of Creative Work - Other
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This 20-minute composition is a groundbreaking exploration of animated music notation to enable interactive, complex rhythmic performance with an audience and ensemble. The use of projected imagery to indicate precise rhythmic coordination of advanced polyrhythmic figures is an elegant solution to challenges of sophisticated audience interaction in music. Cyclical rhythms influenced by John Whitney's "Digital Harmony: On the complementarity of music and visual art" (1980) are mixed with references to "follow the bouncing ball" singalong films of the 1920s-1930s and actual bouncing balls (performed rhythmically by volunteer audience members) in a playful celebration of communal rhythm.

This work exists as a video score in conjunction with live performance with an audience.

Bounce is a playful 60 minute performance piece by internationally acclaimed, strings-sax-piano quintet Topology.

Balls bounce off the walls and floor. Their rhythm contributes to the composition, while the musicians bounce ideas off the audience. The audience become part of the performance by following instructions via giant projections.

Topology reworks Aphex Twin’s epic study in the rhythms of collision, Bucephalus Bouncing Ball made from the sounds of bouncing ping pong balls.

The audience bounces back into the action with ‘Drinking and Hooting Machine’ by British composer John White, which involves playing and taking sips from bottles to build music.

Topology are known for their energetic, full-bodied sound, their ability to work across genres, and for music that grapples with complex themes. But more than anything they are known for their skill, flair and sense of fun.

Bounce, Topology’s work for Brisbane Festival 2010, is full of inventive, interactive fun and exploration. Come along and get some bounce in your Spring.
Keyword Animation
Music notation
Chamber music
Interactive music
Contemporary music

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