1. György Ligeti (1923 - 2006) - Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures

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    Recorded Live on 25th February 2008. Duration: 23 minutes 37 seconds AVENTURES & NOUVELLES AVENTURES Like characters in a Beckett play, the dramatis personae of Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures are terrified by silence and emptiness, and so they find little activities to fill up their time. They tell each other stories; they exchange confidences; they play games. And because they are musicians, their narratives are operatic and their pastimes musical. Because, too, they are human, their ploys are only temporarily convincing - to themselves or to us. Either they rush from one episode straight into another, or else the enemy silence descends and they 'remain as if turned to stone,' as the common stage direction has it. They are alive only when they are making a noise: silence alarms and embarrasses them, and they stop - or else silence simply turns them off, as if they were machines, toys. To be immured in silence, to be stilled, is to be dead. At one point, though, they are allowed to expect something from beyond silence, and to have their expectation gratified. Towards the end of the first movement of Nouvelles aventures the contralto and baritone sing a unison E flat, and then all three singers 'wait, rigid and listening, for an echo from the far distance'. When it comes, as a soft horn tone, they are pleased; when it is repeated, by other instruments, they are astonished. This is, in a very characteristically Ligetian manner, both touching and comic. The three singers on stage are three people alone in their little universe, unaware of their accompanying instrumentalists (so that a horn sound can be a voice from the unknown) and unaware of their audience: they lack the confident reciprocity of performers within a shared tradition, and in that lack - which is actualised in a different way by their lack of words - they place themselves at a moment of crisis in western musical culture. But their ignorance is also the ignorance of children - the ignorance and the innocence, as they carry on their pre-verbal babble. And of course they give us an image of ourselves: as children, as alone, as engaging in meaningless activities (such as music) in order to protect ourselves from nothingness, as trusting with frail hope in something beyond. Paul Griffiths © 2008 Nicholas Kok Conductor Jane Manning Soprano Jessica Walker Mezzo-Soprano Dean Robinson Bass PSAPPHA ENSEMBLE Conrad Marshall Flute Rebecca Goldberg Horn Richard Casey piano Ian Buckle Harpsichord/piano Tim Williams Percussion Jennifer Langridge Cello Jeffrey Box Double Bass

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    • Larry Goves (b.1980) - Four Letter Words

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      Recorded Live on 25th February 2008. Duration: 15 minutes 21 seconds FOUR LETTER WORDS The four letter words are not what you might think: they belong to a sequence of poems by Matthew Welton - poems made, indeed, of four letter words and nothing else. 'Push your door shut', the text begins, 'Turn down your light.' But this tone of gently calming advice, encouraged in the text by the fact that 'your' is a four letter word, changes. And so does the music. A set of songs becomes a game, a mad scene, a combat: interpret it how you will. The clarinettist, who plays only one low note in the first song, comes to challange the singer for central position. Repercussions are acted out on the concert platform. Beyond the drama, or beneath it, one may note how the composer uses varied repetition - and a gift for the slyly potent phrase, vocal or instrumental-to maintain a state of attention at once alert and laid back. The horn figure heard at the start, and directly repeated, seems to set the tone for the whole piece. From this lazy horn solo will grow what high heat we'll hear - also what cold, what cool. Four Letter Words was composed for Psappha in 2007 Paul Griffiths © 2008 Nicholas Kok Conductor Dean Robinson Bass Elaine Tyler-Hall Director PSAPPHA ENSEMBLE Dov Goldberg Clarinet Rebecca Goldberg Horn Tim Williams Percussion David Routledge Violin Jeffrey BoxDouble Bass

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      • György Ligeti (1923-2006) - Chamber Concerto

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        Recorded live on 12th February 2009. Duration: 19 minutes György Ligeti (1923-2006) Chamber Concerto I. Corrente II. Calmo, sostenuto III. Movimento preciso e meccanico IV. Presto Composed in 1969-70, this piece helped make the ensemble of soloists a standard line-up for new music, though Ligeti's treatment has had few equals in terms of fantasy and delightfulness. It begins with the instruments moving within a narrow range, sliding in register, until suddenly the whole pitch space is opened up by the arrival of piled octaves. Their pure sound is soon muddied, and wonderful confusion resumes: at one point the wind instruments start to sing a massively amplified folktune. Finally the music explodes into dispersed melody, only to be clamped again. 'My general idea for this movement', Ligeti has remarked, 'was the surface of a stretch of water, where everything takes place below the surface.' The second movement takes a different route through dense chords, jostling movements and strains of melody sounding like echoes of folksong or Romantic music, such as are played by a plaintive trio of horn, oboe d'amore and trombone. After a fortissimo climax, something absolutely inevitable and yet totally unexpected turns up around the corner: a tritone sounding quietly in octaves. From this develops a second part of the movement, which beautifully disintegrates … … to be replaced by an extraordinary musical machine, a disconnected chirruping of regular rhythms from different odd ensembles. The presto finale continues the mechanical feeling a little, but the twitterings are now rustlings that develop and echo through clusters, single intervals and arpeggios, and that race around the small orchestra in a perpetuum mobile of great virtuosity. Once again, as in the first and second movements, one way out of the maze appears to be through melody, and a line starts out on the horn, most positive of instruments. But the melody quickly begins to lose its distinctiveness, and the perpetual motion continues until another tritone, like a single light of gathering intensity, begins to shine through the texture and freeze the music, leaving only disjointed echoes. Notes by Paul Griffiths © 2009 Nicholas Kok conductor PSAPPHA ENSEMBLE Conrad Marshall flute Rachael Clegg oboe Dov Goldberg clarinet Colin Pownall clarinet Rebecca Goldberg french horn Phil Goodwin trombone Paul Janes piano/celesta Richard Casey harpsichord David Routledge violin Martin Clark violin 2 Raymond Lester viola Jennifer Langridge cello Anita Langridge double bass

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        • Islington Mill - March 2013

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          A short trailer of the performance, combining film and music, we gave at Islington Mill in Salford. Join our Emailing list at www.psappha.com to find out when our next performances take place at the Mill.

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          • Charlie Chaplin: The Great Dictator

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            a film by: tim williams thewilliamsjournal.com twitter.com/timstechblog Camera used was a Canon 5D3 Lens used was a Canon 20-35 2.8L Shot at 720p at 60fps conformed to 24p

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            • RECON: RESERVOIR, VIC

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              Back in 2000 in the Melbourne suburb of Reservoir, a sinking bitumen area copped a concrete slab and the foundations of a minimal skatepark were made. As the years have gone on Rezy has transcended the word skatepark, and has in fact graduated to becoming a street spot. Its imperfections make it perfect and it has fast become a favourite for many local, interstate and international skaters. (continued here: sba.org.au/Blog/recon-reservoir-vic) ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE COURTESY OF CHRIS MIDDLEBROOK & RYAN GRANT ARCHIVE SKATERS (IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE) NICK BOSERIO HARRY CLARK MIKE MARTIN ANDREW CURRIE JACK KIRK JOEL MCILROY ALEX CAMPBELL REECE WARREN TOMMY FYNN CASEY FOLEY NATE GAMBLE DALE VAN IERSEL ARCHIVE PHOTOS COURETSY OF DAREBIN CITY COUNCIL NEW FOOTAGE BY RYAN GRANT & MORGAN CAMPBELL NEW PHOTOS BY DUNCAN EWINGTON & MORGAN CAMPBELL REZY THANKS ALISON BREACH – PUBLIC REALM NADIA COMBE AARON CORNELL NIK FILIPS ADAM HOUGH BRENDAN LEWIS DANIEL MORRIS MANU SHELDON AARON WALLACE – PLAYCE BARNEY WILSON SAM WOODS DEAN HEARN DAREBIN CITY COUNCIL YARRA TRAMS VICTRACK SKATEBOARDING AUSTRALIA M80 HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION ALL THE BOYS FROM ‘I’D RATHER BE IN PRESTON’ ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THE CONSULTATION, GAVE VITAL INPUT ON THE DEVELOPMENT AND GOT THEIR HAND’S DIRTY FOR THE PREPARATION OF THE PARK. http://www.darebin.vic.gov.au

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              • St Kilda Skatepark

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                Featuring... Conna Mallett, James Harbard, Tristan "Tree" Strong, Andew Mapstone, Ale Cesana, Dave Harris, Sam Beckett, Tim Williams, Callum Paul, Paul Battlay & Jack Kirk. Filmed and edited by James James.

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                • Valentines Day- TV 64 Charlotte Station ID

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                  TV 64 Station ID Graphics created in After Effects Air Date: Feb 14, 2013 Credit: Graphic/ Animation by Tim Williams Voice Over and Music by WSOC TV Talent

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                  • Tim Williams - Falling Away

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                    Tim Williams - Falling Away Recorded Live, 12/20/12, at Underground Arts in Philadelphia, PA www.timwilliams.com Recorded by Mike Williams / DigitalFirstPhotography.com

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                    • Tim Williams - I Don't Have The Right (Live)

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                      Tim Williams - I Don't Have The Right Recorded Live, 12/20/12, at Underground Arts in Philadelphia, PA www.timwilliams.com Recorded by Mike Williams / DigitalFirstPhotography.com

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