A republic of spaces


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instrumentation: 3 percussion
date: 2018, revised 2019
duration: 9’00
details: 24 pages, including performance instructions; A4 landscape

Programme Note

“Foam, in its fleeting form, gives us opportunity to observe the subversion of substance with our own eyes. … [A] bastard of matter, born of an illegitimate connection between elements, an opalescent surface, a charlatanry made of air and something or other. There is seething, inflation, quaking and bursting. What remains? Foam air returns home to the general atmosphere while more solid substance disintegrates into drops of dust. What is almost nothing becomes what is almost not. … Foam, like the house of cards, is where the dreamers and agitators are at home.” (from Peter Sloterdijk’s Foams (Spheres III), trans. Wieland Hoban)

A republic of spaces was commissioned by, written for, and dedicated to line upon line.


A way of making ghosts. Ensemble Musikfabrik, ELISION, JACK Quartet, Line Upon Line. Includes A way of making ghosts, A republic of spaces, String Quartet, a/grammatical study for three (quasi-)independent players, and three solos from The wreck of former boundaries. Kairos 0015073KAI, December 2022.


Photos from the November 2019 recording session with Line Upon Line, Phipps Recital Hall, Huddersfield, UK:

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Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Percussion Ensemble (Peter Neville, director). Melbourne, Australia. April 28, 2023.

line upon line. CRASHBOX, Austin, Texas. 6, 7, & 8 December 2019.

line upon line. Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, Germany. November 8, 2019. 

line upon line. City University, London, UK. November 5, 2019. 

line upon line. Open Circuit, Leggate Theatre, Victoria Gallery & Museum, University of Liverpool. UK. November 1, 2019. (premiere of revised version)

line upon line. First Street Studio, Austin, Texas. 28, 29, & 30 September 2018.


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