My Broken Machines

for variable ensemble of 5 players

Ed Bennett

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for variable ensemble of 5 players

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Composer Ed Bennett
Year of Composition 2004
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Catalogue ID ce-eb1mbm1


One of my earliest memories growing up in an Irish seaside town is that of Barry’s Amusements. Laughing police men, mechanical fortune tellers, tests of strength, ghost trains and an array of other eccentric machines brought this dark but strangely attractive emporium of fun to life. Over the years as the town modernised less and less people visited this living museum until only the machines occupied it. Eventually the machines broke down and Barry’s with them.

The building stood unoccupied for years and I often walked passed and imagined this crazy carnival continuing inside while the unsuspecting public continued about their daily lives. Today a modern hotel stands on the site where Barry’s once stood and in waves of nostalgia I often wonder what happened to all of those broken machines.

My Broken Machines was commissioned by COMA and premiered at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2004.