POWER UP features a set of learning videos created around the new Australian work “Power Up” for Orchestra and Body Percussion by Sydney-based composer Holly Harrison. “Power Up” was commissioned as part of Holly’s Australian Composers’ School (ACS) Residency with the TSO and was recorded by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in February 2022.
Holly Harrison introduces “Power Up” - watch
“Power Up is a lively and energetic work with a strong rhythmic focus. Drawing inspiration from 80s rock, the body percussion imitates the drum kit heard in the orchestra, embracing the drummer inside each of us. “Power Up” uses three recurring percussive patterns throughout, along with drum fills and simple hand actions. Keep an ear out for how the patterns change as different instrument families join in and how they match up with the orchestra over time, especially the brass. The final section accelerates rapidly towards the end - in this adrenaline-filled finale, I ask: can you keep up?!" - Holly Harrison composer
“Holly has written a piece that flows intuitively and gives sufficient aural cues for non-readers of notation to perform the score from memory. The body percussion part makes perfect sense with the music, and there is just the right amount of fun injected into the experience by vocalizations. Holly even included some suggestions from my students, which delighted me as it underlined for them that they are a part of the music-making process and not just end consumers.” - Angela Chapman presenter
Ali Dowl, Auslan Interpreter
Don Bate, AUDIO PRODUCER & SOUND PRODUCTION
Brad Harris, video production
Jenny Compton, executive producer