Online promotion over, now it is your turn


The Indiegogo site is showing the project but it is no longer taking contributions (just send digital cash via PayPal to and it will still get through).  This form of promotion is over but your contributions to how the music will unfold on the night are needed. 

Deranged Drums on Digital Vistas has been written for two percussion ensembles, one with 5 players and one with three.  The music is organised as a conversation between the two ensembles and one of the elements of chance in the composition is deciding on the starting point for each.  The audience can choose the two starting points by picking one letter from A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R and S and one number from 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18.   

Mathematically there are over 660 different starting permutations and the end point is not prescribed and could be decided by the conductor or performers before or during the performance, it could be dictated by performing for a specific amount of time, it could be…  One of the interesting consequences of this approach is that the order of music could be different ever time it is performed which may produce interesting juxtapositions of sound and each performance of the same work could be unique.

For the world premiere performance the number or letter chosen most often will be the starting section of music, the second most popular letter or number will be the starting point for the other ensemble and once these are set the piece will progress in a sequential order until all sections have been performed. 

E-mail, tweet, message, text or send a pigeon with the letter and number of your choice.  Just before the start of the performance these will be added to the selections made at The Joseph Bramah on Thursday and the virtual and physical audiences will have a say in how the first performance evolves.

If you want a different artistic experience before the drums and percussion strike up, the graduates from the art and design degree course at the University Campus and keeping their exhibition open longer on the Thursday evening.  They are just across the road from The Joseph Bramah in the Arcade and have transformed the ex Rehab shop at the top of the Arcade into an excellent exhibition space.  The short film I made of the gallery can be viewed by following the link

Don’t forget to send me your number and letter and hope to see you soon.

© P.R.Birkby 2014


About derangeddrums

Composer, percussionist, musical director, teacher and educator. My music has been written for audiences in palaces and in the street. Music is my vocation and my passion and I hope you enjoy it too.
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