Composer - Norris, Michael

dirty pixels (NZTrio Commission, premiered 2004) – 12’

dirty pixels was written in response to two stimuli: an exhibition of the same name curated by Stella Brennan in the Adam Art Gallery featuring New Zealand artwork of a certain rough-hewn, gritty nature; and hearing the work Jagden und Formen by German composer Wolfgang Rihm, an unremittingly wild and preposterous discourse of extremes.

These two stimuli caused something of an aesthetic dilemma: leaving behind my rather French fondness for euphonious washes of sound, I became interested in the characteristics of roughness and raggedness, and in how a ‘pure’ conceptual scheme, such as the quite systematic construction I had formulated just prior to starting this piece, became ‘dirtied’ by intuition, by the exigencies of the material and by the reality of having it performed.

dirty pixels was commissioned by NZTrio, with funding from Creative New Zealand.

Subscribe to E-news

Latest from Facebook

NZTrio

6 days 23 hours ago

BRAID – Sept 23/25 Auckland / Sept 26th Wellington. Join us in celebration of #Suffrage125 with gorgeous live music from 5 remarkable female composers spanning generations and cultures, connected by the magic of music written straight from the heart. BOOK NOW www.nztrio.com/event-directory #FannyMendelssohn

Latest from Twitter

© 2015-2018
Made in Tel Aviv, Israel by Virtuti-D
rfwbs-sliderfwbs-sliderfwbs-slide