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German Hills, The

By Peter Mcnamara

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Clarinet in Bb, percussion, violin and cello, c.10.00' 
Commissioned for Ensemble Offspring as part of the Sibelius Awards 'Emerging Composer' commission and represents the "Adelaide Hills" district in South Australia. This area has a very distinct German/Australian quality, due to the many Prussian immigrants that settled in the area after escaping political uncertainty and discrimination during the 1830s. To represent this German/Australian fusion, the work's pitch material is based on a 9-note motif from Beethoven's Kakadu Variations Op. 121a.


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ISMN 9790720093871

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It's red it's round and it weighs 5 ounces

By Peter Mcnamara

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Soprano and piano, c.7'56.  Advanced grade.
Composed 2015 

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ISMN 9790720159713
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Land of Cruelty

By Peter Mcnamara

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For amplified, ring-modulated oboe soloist and orchestra

The works incorporates a form of real-time electronic processing to the soloist’s part known as ring-modulation.  This occurs when the amplified signal of the oboe soloist is multiplied together with a modulating frequency provided by an obligatodouble bass player, creating a harsh but vivid sonority reminiscent of the Australian landscape.

Land of Cruelty’s narrative is the depiction of harsh landscape transitions evident in our continent where an area can be densely covered in life one year, but completely dry and devoid of life the next.  The oboe soloist is the navigator of this journey and depicts the ‘voice of the land’, with much of its melodic material influenced by transcriptions of Australian Aboriginal melodies.  The pitches of one melody entitled Malayah (quoted at the opening and closing of the work) are multiplied together to create the various ring-modulated effects.  Each section of the work is defined by a ring-modulated sonority realised by the oboe soloist and double bass that is then re-synthesised by the orchestra before transitioning into a more harmonious sonority.  These orchestrated colours provide a sonic canvas, crafted and moulded over time, over which the oboe soloist is placed.
Composed 2018


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ISMN 9790720227795
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Landscape of Diffracted Colours

By Peter Mcnamara

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Mixed ensemble and pre-recorded electronics. c.10'0
The work's title refers to the many different colours found in the Australian landscape and how the light of these colours can be bent and diffracted. Some of this imagery includes shimmering, where light is bent by Australia's extreme heat and the rich and dark colours of sandstone, which is visible because of reflection and diffraction from elements of its composition.
The work's harmonic material is based on the harmonic series of four fundamentals. The ensemble and electronics work together to synthesise various tone colours and transform them over time. There is also interplay between the two parts where the colouristic resonance of the ensemble is morphed into a different colour by the electronic part.
Includes parts, and pre-recorded electronic surrounds CD. DVD is available on request:  keats@wirripang.com.au

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Modes of Deception

By Peter Mcnamara

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For orchestra, c.9'00 
Draws on the concept of aurally deceiving the audience as its main emphasis.
Modes of Deception was awarded the 2008 2MBS FM WSOC Young Composers

Award and first performed by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in 2008.

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 ISMN 9790720093888

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Perpetual Inertia

By Peter Mcnamara

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For large chamber ensemble, commissioned by the National Youth Orchestra of The Netherlands (NJO). Composed 2011


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ISMN 9790720126135
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Sideband

By Various Composers

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Sideband is a recording project initiated by emerging Australian composers, Tristan Coelho, Brad Gill, Chris Williams and Peter McNamara, and includes the esteemed Slovenian-Australian composer Bozidar Kos.  These powerful, yet intimate, mixed chamber works emphasise percussion and vocal elements and are performed by some of Australia's most talented, established and emerging artists.   
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1  Modulations (Bozidar Kos)
2  Crickets (Brad Gill)
3  Voltage (Peter McNamara)
4  As the Dust Settles (Tristan Coelho)
(Chris Williams)
6  Cadenza II (Peter McNamara)
7  The Writer's Hand  (Tristan Coelho)
8  Light, Snow, Suicide (Brad Gill)


Sideband - From the Depths

By Various Composers

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   Sideband began as a conversation between three composer 
   colleagues engaged as casual tutors and lecturers at the Sydney
   Conservatorium, during 2011. Initial discussions revolved around
   ideas for promoting their own music as well as platforming the work
   of younger emerging composers that they had engaged with at the Conservatorium. They also felt compelled to champion the important work of Australian composer ‘elders’ who they felt were under represented in recordings and whose music they admired artists.   

A major focus for them was to document their personal passions and areas of creative focuses: use of technology, particularly pre-recorded live electronics, the creative process, science as a metaphor for musical processes, chamber music incorporating the voice and experimental percussion techniques.
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[1]  VOICE OF THE DEPTHS – PETER McNAMARA
Stephanie McCallum – piano, Brad Gill – percussion
[2]  TOMB – BRAD GILL
Chloe Chung – dizi, Brad Gill – percussion
[3]  GESTURES – ELIZABETH YOUNAN
Sam Gill – alto saxophone, Brad Gill – percussion
[4]  AT THE MELTING OF THE SNOW – PETER McNAMARA
Deepka Ratra – soprano, Chloe Chung – alto flute, Brad Gill – vibraphone
[5]  THE MUSIC BOX – SARAH THOMPSON 
Brad Gill – vibraphone
[6]  YOU ARE FOUND WANTING – BRAD GILL
Chloe Lankshear – soprano, Brad Gill – vibraphone
[7]  OLD AGE FALLS – BRAD GILL
Chloe Lankshear – soprano, Chloe Chung – fluteBrad Gill – percussion
[8]  ORBIT – KEZIA YAP    
Brad Gill – vibraphone                           

Six Dimensions of Seven

By Peter Mcnamara

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Solo harp, c.8'30
Based on a leifmotif by Richard Wagner.  Composed 2012


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Voice of the Depths

By Peter Mcnamara

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Piano, percussion and pre-recorded electronics,  includes CD.

Russell Keats, eldest son of the Australian composer Horace Keats, was killed during the attack on his ship HMAS Canberra  (1) during 1942. His father and entire family was devastated by this event, and Horace Keats composed a very solemn and reflective song in memory of his son entitled Over the Quiet Waters. Voice of the Depths is composed for piano, percussion and pre-recorded electronics, and follows the story of Russell Keats during his deployment on the  Canberra. Spoken passages of text from the letters sent home to his family, read by his brother Brennan Keats, outline and initiate the structural points of the work. The pitches from the central motif of Over the Quiet Waters form its harmonic basis, and are used as fundamentals from which other pitch material is derived from their physical-acoustic properties. These physical-acoustic properties are used to synthesise sounds in the electronic component of the work, and are re-enforced in the piano and vibraphone parts. A speaker is also directed into the piano internal mechanism to agitate the strings creating sympathetic vibrations at various points. This results in a subtle reverberation effect that blends with the electronic reverberation and creates deceptive tone colour transformations. Composed 2015


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Voltage

By Peter Mcnamara

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Solo percussion
Voltage is a work primarily based on rhythmic combinations related to 240 W.


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