Iron Pebbles and Gold Dust
The main sound sources for this piece are a metallic gold pan and some pebbles. The piece explores some of the intimate sonic intricacies that can be gleaned from these simple sounds. The rather whimsical title reflects both the source of the sonic materials and the character of the sounds that have been incorporated into the piece.
Chris Cree Brown (b1953) teaches at the School of Music, University of Canterbury. His main interests include conventional instrumental composition, electroacoustic and computer music, and inter-media art. He has twice been awarded the Mozart Fellowship at the University of Otago, has twice been appointed Composer-in-Schools, has won two prizes in the Wellington Youth Orchestra's Young Composers Competition, and has written a number of film scores. His recent exhibitions include Cellocution for Artspace in Auckland, and his recent compositions include Doldrums (for amplified 'cello), Sound Cylinders, for Flute and Tape, and Y2K Pacemaker commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. He has recently travelled to Antarctica under the "Artists to Antarctica" programme held under the auspices of Antarctic New Zealand. His work has been performed in many countries, including Australia, England, Finland, France, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, United Stated of America.