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Richard Cooke


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    Dawn Antiphon
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    The Streets of Your Glances
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    Gecko and Bandicoot Dreaming
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    Palace of the Lustre of Jade
@Cooke's music explores a variety of non-narrative structures in which the linear development of idea or argument has been abandoned; instead the focus of attention shifts almost casually as if viewing an object or landscape from a new perspective or in a different light.
The influence of the spatial arts is evident everywhere but in spite (or perhaps because) of this, the music is concerned above all with our perception of time - questioning the nature of change, chance and coincidence - and with ideas of precognition and conflicting memories. Thus all pieces are open-form (allowing performers choice in the ordering and shaping of events) and are of flexible duration and instrumentation; this freedom is reflected in the highly visual layout of the scores, whose terse notation is designed to fire the imagination of players and to lay bare the methods of composition.
Landscapes - real and imaginary, literary, mythical, magical - dominate these sound-worlds and biotopes. Textures are based not so much on repetition as on reconstruction, mimicry and paraphrase. Pitch-class set theory is important as a means of broadening the harmonic palette and pushing the boundaries of traditional tonality; thus some pieces, notably in Amèriques, transpose and recombine pitch structures, kaleidoscope-like, to generate new background harmonies or soundscapes.
The composer's website at houses two dozen interactive multi-media works, 300+ algorithmic scores with mp3s and a wealth of technical and background information.


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