A Clockwork Orange and Beyond sees Will Gregory Moog Ensemble and Australian Chamber Orchestra work together


And extra catholic of their selection of collaborators, as this month sees Gregory’s Moog Ensemble becoming a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra for a collection of concert events specializing in the shared territory of digital innovation, movie scores and the classical repertoire.


Among the many items on this system can be Carlos’ daring digital preparations of Bach and her adventurous scores for Tron and Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, in addition to Delia Derbyshire and Ron Grainer’s Physician Who theme. Different works on the invoice pitch again and ahead from Carlos, Derbyshire and Grainer, together with Olivier Messiaen and Franz Waxman (who scored Sundown Boulevard and Rear Window amongst many others), Vangelis (from the scores for Blade Runner and Chariots Of Fireplace), Hans Zimmer (Interstellar) and John Williams (Pictures).

“There are a number of subterranean followers for this type of stuff – I’m hoping,” says the ACO’s creative director Richard Tognetti.

He got here up with the concept for this system throughout lockdown whereas watching the early Robert Altman movie Pictures, a psychological thriller/horror which blended the work of Japanese avant-garde percussionist Stomu Yamashta and Williams.

Initially conceived as a showcase of lesser-known Williams compositions, the idea shifted from scores that modified movie historical past (“After all we appeared no additional than Wendy Carlos”) to a full digital/orchestra mix (“Within the Vangelis Blade Runner, there’s one of many nice synth sounds”) when Tognetti was launched to the Moog Ensemble.

“I discovered he was additionally Mr Goldfrapp, and I believed that is too good a chance to cross up. The way in which Will talks about his instrument, with the imperfections, is simply fantastic,” Tognetti says.

The imperfections of the early synthesisers partly impressed Carlos to discover their many potentialities.

“I believe that’s what it’s all about: it’s the [Japanese philosophy on acceptance of transience and imperfection] wabi-sabi,” Tognetti says.

He nods to the ondes martenot, the keyboard-operated oscillating waves instrument that Messiaen first utilized in 1937’s Fete des belles eaux.

“It was the imperfection, what you bought in between the notes, that attracted [Messiaen]. The imperfection, these virtually deliberate blemishes, inside the excellent realm, that’s what Will talks about.”


Gregory himself raves in regards to the “sensible marrying of power” that’s Blade Runner – “these big, epic lengthy areas that you could possibly throw a sound into and it blooms and expands and turns into like panoramic 3D issues, only one sound”.

He additionally thrills on the boldness of the rating for Tron, which he sees as “Wendy Carlos actually having fun with the liberty to be a composer and placing on all these totally different hats”.

“So that you get medievally issues, you get fairly hyper-arranged, bombastic orchestral issues, with synths concerned. That feels to me just like the marvel that Wendy Carlos was provided that job to be a movie composer and tackle all these sources, and go a bit insane with that really,” he says.

“With Wendy I believe the genius lies within the instrumentation. The top of Wendy is the Switched-On Bach data – they’re simply chic.”

A Clockwork Orange and Past is at Metropolis Recital Corridor, Could 12 to 17; Sydney Opera Home, Could 14; and Wollongong City Corridor, Could 18.

Sydney Morning Herald subscribers can take pleasure in 2-for-1 tickets* to the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition on the Artwork Gallery of New South Wales throughout June 2023. Click on right here for extra particulars.

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