Instrumentation: 4 marimbas (one 5 octave), vibraphone, drum kit.
This piece is all about the groove. Just like any house music you listen to, there is a constant beat, a repetitive theme and an overlying melody. The composition emulates house music by artists like deadmau5 and Daft Punk by using elements like repetition and modality. ‘Dawn of the Age’ requires no extended techniques, but rather focuses on the ensemble’s ability to work together and maintain a steady tempo.
Emphasise sections of silence; however, make a note to show that the piece is not over. Crescendo to the end!! Work together as an ensemble to get the audience into the groove by moving and grooving yourself.
This piece was written for my Composition Project in 2013 and was first performed by my ensemble SoundStruck Percussion at the 2013 World Forum on Music at the Queensland Conservatorium.