for 6-string bass guitar, piano
duration: 8 minutes
Nightcreeper is scored for 6-string
bass guitar, piano and percussion. The bass guitar is essentially the
soloist, although the piano and percussion have very strong supporting
roles. In many ways the musical interaction of the three instruments is
perhaps akin to the standard jazz trio, but with the main emphasis slightly
shifted from the piano to the bass (it also obviously differs in that
there is no improvised material).
As to what the piece was inspired by: anyone who has seen a few action
movies, (e.g.- Enter the Dragon, True Lies, every single
Bond movie) almost certainly knows the scenario. Character A (sometimes
accompanied by Character B) has to infiltrate High Security Installation
X (usually a military base of some kind) and quietly perform some secret
and often very delicate operation without being discovered. If they are
caught, they will most certainly be in a serious predicament.
We watch them furtively climb over a high wall or fence, then sneak alongside
it, crouching down out of sight occasionally to avoid a roving searchlight
or a nearby guard. Often, rather than attempt to sneak past the guard,
they may just "take care" of him. Finally we get our first real
glimpse of Installation X - a massive compound, full of heavily armed
soldiers, vehicles and other heavy equipment (if it is a terrorist base,
then there will almost certainly be a stolen nuclear missile or two present).
Eventually they arrive at their destination within the installation, and
begin their operation. Time is short, they must move quickly.
Born in 1973 in Glasgow, Colin Broom
connected with music at a very early stage when at the age of four he
ran in to the living room, tripped up and hit his head off the pedal of
the piano. He studied a B.A. degree in Applied Music at the University
of Strathclyde, graduating in June 1997, at which point he began his career
as a composer. In the same year he co-founded Invention Ensemble, a group
of ten musicians dedicated to performing new and challenging music, and
with whom he performs regularly.
His composition 'Hammer', for Javanese Gamelan orchestra was performed
at Bath International Music Festival and subsequently broadcast on BBC
Most recent work has included music for 'Annotations', a film by French
director Christophe Gerard, due for release later this year.
He currently lectures in music at the University of Strathclyde.
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