Warning Tones

by Sam Gillies

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"Warning Tones" was written for Back Lick on Zed Digital by Sam Gillies over February and March 2013. "Warning Tones" is intended to be listened to as a single, continuous work.

"Warning Tones" came about after I had finished a substantial program of chamber music works at the end of 2012 and a tour through Japan with my piano/laptop duo Cycle~ 440 in early 2013. Returning to Perth I wanted to work again with the medium of field recordings, something that had been absent in much of my work in the last 8 months or so. The result is "Warning Tones", the first of several extended works that seeks to connect with ideas of time and place primarily through environmental recordings.

"Warning Tones" is a return to a narrative idea that I was exploring around 2008 primarily through a more visual medium. I would take snippets of conversation and interviews relating to different stories and recombine them to create the impression that they are related to one another. In "Warning Tones" the conversations and interviews relate to natural disasters and events that have happened in a number of different places and attempts to re-frame them as a commentary on a single event, stripping away the event itself and focusing on the human reaction to any given disaster.

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released March 31, 2013

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Sam Gillies Perth, Australia

Sam Gillies is a composer and sound artist with an interest in the function of noise as both a musical and communicative code in music and art. His work treads the line between the musically beautiful and ugly, embracing live performance, multimedia and installation art forms to create alternating sound worlds of extreme fragility and overwhelming density. ... more

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