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Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

by Gary Wilkinson

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Orchestral music created using cut-ups, loops and layers of public domain classical pieces.

Three pieces of music which cover stories and subjects from former mining communities that have been left behind and are struggling through a ‘downturn’.

The orchestration is stripped back, using only the piano to challenge the very limits of the composer’s techniques, reflecting the isolation of the individual and the single player nature of the central theme. Fixed Odds Betting Terminals have been described as the crack cocaine of gambling and the piece combines Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Albéniz to portray a world where vaulting and cascading rhythms meet with shadowy intent.

Using a typical theme within classical music of ‘nature’; Cannabis Farms were chosen to represent this theme after reading a local free newspaper front page story detailing police raids on a sizeable number of cannabis farms in the area. An observational piece on nature’s corruption the music deftly integrates pieces from Ravel, Beethoven and Prokofiev as it explores the dark spaces where nature slips effortlessly into humanity’s noose. The innocence and beauty of the plant fulfilling its nature by simply growing is juxtaposed with the manipulation and exploitation of that plant at the hands of people for both criminal and leisure activities.

WIND FARMS//Sinfonietta
Tackling another typical theme within classical music which describes a notable ‘landmark’, Wind Farms were chosen because of their predominance in the locality. This ominous piece touches on the destructive power of nature as it’s transformed into positive raw energy. Created only using wind instrumentation from pieces by JS Bach, Elgar and Holst among others, the visuals take inspiration from the local surroundings in Ashington and Northumberland, humanising a global endeavour.


released September 25, 2020


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