Sugar's Waste

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Experimental chamber music
Nomadic theory
Experimental vocal practice
Interdisciplinary music performance

Sugar’s Waste is an experimental, theatrical music performance, one hour in duration. The work features songs, experimental choral work, and atmospheric instrumental pieces. The scores are created by hand, using a combination of traditional, durational, graphic and indeterminate notation. The core ensemble is a string quintet that doubles as a vocal chorus; some pieces feature further additions, such as live digital processing, electric guitar, piano and hand-held tape recorders. Short poetry readings are scattered throughout. Sugar’s Waste is related to 20th and 21st Century non-narrative, post-operatic practices, as well as popular music formats such as conceptually-integrated recorded albums. The songs and scores were written concurrently with a series of poetic texts that address themes of partition, enclosure and resistance in the historical and imaginary ‘range’ of early post-contact North America. These themes inspired the staging, set and sound design of the work.

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Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Appendix A. Audio recording of Sugar’s Waste (Night Two, October 6th and 7th 2016).
Appendix A. 1. Audio recording of Cassette Loop Ooh + Transport Truck
Appendix A. 2. Audio Recording of Nora, listening
Appendix A. 3. Audio Recording of No Place in the Sun
Appendix A. 4. Audio recording of Ring Oscillator
Appendix A. 5. Audio Recording of The Heard Surrounds
Appendix A. 6. Audio recording of Thickets
Appendix A. 7. Audio Recording of Ponies under Darkness.
Owen Underhill
Communication, Art & Technology: School for the Contemporary Arts
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.F.A.