Stop-Motion Music

for amplified ensemble

Ed Bennett

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Composer Ed Bennett
Year of Composition 2010
Duration ca.12'
Forces fl/picc, cl/bcl, tbn, egui, perc, pf, vln, vla, vc, db
Categories (all composers) ,
Catalogue ID ce-eb1smm1


Stop-motion is a cinematographic technique whereby the camera is repeatedly stopped and started, for example to give animated figures the impression of movement. It is a process which has been used extensively by two film makers whom I have recently become fascinated by; the identical twin Quay Brothers and the surrealist Czech animator Jan Svankmajer. Their films, which are full of weird and wonderful characters, have a hypnotic effect upon me which is in some ways reflected in the quasi-repetitive nature of this music (something I also enjoy in the work of the visual artist Bridget Riley). I also found the process of stop-motion itself a good analogy for composing where it can take a long time to write a few bars, but only a few seconds to hear them.

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