Gregarious machines
for ensemble of 9 instruments

Brian Harman
Composer
Brian Harman
Composition Date: 2008
Genre: Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Nonets,

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bassoon
  • 1 x Horn
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Guitar
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
Gregarious Machines is the second in a series of pieces that explores the modern-day relationship between humans and technology. Inspired by the instrumentation for the piece, I have used the interaction between non-amplified instruments and an amplified, electric instrument (the electric guitar) as a metaphor for the relationship between humans and technology. The relationship between the guitar and the rest of the ensemble is therefore important as the piece unfolds. The work explores a number of questions: while technology is, in many different ways, a useful tool for humans, in what ways does technology control how we do things and limit decisions that we make? How has the use of technology affected our social habits and the way that we interact with each other? Most importantly, how has our use of technology altered our consciousness and the way that we perceive the world around us?

Commissioned by: Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal+

Premiere Information:
01/11/2008, Music Gallery, Toronto; Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal+ Presented by New Music Concerts, Toronto Conductor: Véronique Lacroix

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 8900 H2875gr
  • Genre:
  • Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Nonets,
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • January 26, 2011
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (45 p.) :
    45 Pages
    Height: 36 cm
    Parts page count: 67
    9 parts ([67] p.) :
    Height: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • nine instruments:
    flute (dbl. picc)
    clarinet in Bb
    bassoon
    french horn in F
    percussion
    electric guitar (with volume, delay and distortion pedals)
    violin
    viola
    violoncello
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