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Commentary

(The World Of) Becoming

[First performed by Detta Danford (fl), Alice McGill (vc), Tom Lawrence (mar), Gina Anantharajah (perc) and Wasim Al-Zibari (tape control) London 01.02.2002]

The piece is inspired by Plato's ideal Forms. Plato stated that the world of Becoming (our world) is defined by the world of Being, the world of ideal Forms. He maintained that all things are representations of their ideal Forms; as an example, a badly-drawn triangle is a representation of its ideal Form, the triangle-as-such. His concept is transferred in the construction of this composition. The piece consists of three sections:

1. REPRESENTATION OF AN IDEAL FORM: SCRATCHED VELVET
An aural impression of a real life object: a velvet material and the action of scratching. The musical material that represents the textile's texture, uses sounds with velvet quality and moves away from any obvious melodic lines; the action of scratching on the other hand, uses more sparkling sounds and it is portrayed by 'action' sounds which have a more close relationship with time.

2. DANCING ON 1
Every section uses its previous one as its ideal form. Successive representations of the real life object move through different disguises. The written musical information of the first section was manipulated in the two-dimensional space resulting in patterns of mobile and static forms, which were used to generate successive visual metamorphoses. The second section resembles an unsteady, moving visual form such as a dance.

3. STILL PHOTOGRAPHS
The last part mirrors a static visual form such as a series of photographs, where the audio information is exploited geometrically, creating images that rely on patterns of colour of different spectral criteria.

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