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Andrew Batt-Rawden, Chris Mansell

Seven Stations

Label: Hospital Hill

Format: CD

Genre: Compositional

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Andrew Batt-Rawden is a Sydney based composer, performer & publisher. His practice is cross-platform & all-embracing. Though initially stemming from an almost traditional sense of ‘the composer’, Andrew fuses elements of gesture, choreography, new technology, text, performance art & mixed-media into his work & has a wide-ranging history of inter-disciplinary collaboration. His current focus is on incorporating all the senses into the audience experience by integrating data feeds to affect live electroacoustic performance, particularly with the use of heartbeat & movement data & by building algorithmic software that works with both light & sound; a collision of chamber/art music & technology.

Chris Mansell has been called 'a significant voice in Australian poetry’. She began as an editor & poet in the 70s & since then has chosen to live an isolated rural life. She is the recipient of multiple awards for her work & continues to publish with regularity. Her writing has been described as ‘stylistically & thematically ground-breaking’. One emerges from the experience of reading it disturbed & challenged. Its haunting rhythms do not easily let go. Seven Stations is a collaboration between a young composer & a multi-award winning poet, combining elements of contemporary chamber music, electric instruments, electronics & voice with a vivid text. A cheerfully profane song-cycle, using the railway stations of the city’s centre as the focus of its imagery.

"Like every city, the soundscape is a constant hum of people, traffic lights, cars, buses, birds. Depending on where you are, you also hear water, trains, music. Depending on when you are, your ears pick up the scurry of rats & possums, the asymmetrical rhythm of drunken steps in cloppy heels punctuated by profane outbursts, laughter & conversation in many languages. Some people open their mouths & the sound of bank notes flap with their tongues. Others speak with a smile full of shark teeth, ever-ready to take a nip. The lucidity of the dream that created the structures holding this city together - something beautiful yet strange.” - ABR

Cat. number: HHCD12130741
Year: 2014