100 DEMONS

String Quartet & Tape · 2017-18


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“A politically-charged response to the events of the last two years…[an] engrossing, almost monolithic work.” — Hugh Morris, Bach Track

“…it was spectacular, but God it shook us.” — Chris Flack, Get Into This

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“…skillfully produced, highly atmospheric and emotionally powerful[.]” — Colin Clarke, Seen and Heard International

 

Commissioned by Manchester Collective, Elms’ 100 Demons is a bold new work for string quartet and tape. The piece reflects upon the politically-charged culture of 2016-18 and the social divides that the period produced. Specifically, it focuses upon the line drawn between reality and fabrication.

Vivid characters and narratives from Japanese folklore inform the composition, as does the unrelenting rhythms and energy of the traditional Japanese drums. Hyakki Yagyo, “The Night Parade of 100 Demons”, was said to be a band of spectres that would bring mayhem, destruction and death to anyone that stood in its path. The only protection against the parade was to hide indoors, or to offer up an ancient incantation to protect oneself. The chanting of extracts from the incantation permeate Elms’ composition alongside sonic manifestations of “artefact ghosts” — inanimate objects and instruments possessed by spirits, which, if poorly treated or neglected, would wreak havoc upon their owners.

100 Demons is as much a composition of choreography and satire as it is music.

String Quartet
Tape

Tape elements are provided as WAVE files (24-bit, 48kHz), to be hosted in a DAW or multi-channel playback system, or a basic stereo file can be provided on CD. Contact Music Sales for a full breakdown of available formats and their technical requirements.*

DURATION: c.25 MINUTES
COMMISSIONED BY MANCHESTER COLLECTIVE
PUBLISHED BY MUSIC SALES
HULL, 2016-17