Twin Pedals

composition / three organ keyboards, viola, double bass, harmonium, electric guitar, rhythm loops, commentary audio and 808 drum sounds.

You Are Here Canberra 14 + 15 April 2016 (World Premiere)
A DANGEROUS TERRITORY commission
performed by Hannah de Feyter, Benjamin Drury, Evan Dorrian and Shoeb Ahmad
fabric panel installation by Kate Ahmad

 

Twin-Pedals-web
embroidery by Kate Ahmad

Inspired by the legendary duel between cyclists Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault during the 1986 Tour De France and in particular, during the stage up Alpe d’Huez, Twin Pedals is a 60 minute site-specific chamber composition for organ keyboards, electric guitar, strings, electronic rhythm and sounds derived from cycles and Tour de France television coverage.

ALPE 1986

Driven by the undulating rhythms (“tempos”) set in place by the individual performers (“racers”), layered harmonies are interlaced with sinewy melodies to tell the story of this classic David vs Goliath story. The performance space is contained within fabric backdrops created using the abstracted colours seen within a racing “peloton” and direct the performers from the open start to the narrow and tense finale.

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