Cat Hope

‘Black Emperor’ Concerto

For two pipe organs, string orchestra and laptops (2012)

Cat Hope

Cat Hope is a multidisciplinary artist based in Perth, whose work is grounded in sound. Trained as a classical flautist, she later moved to bass playing, noise improvisation, rock, video art, composition and installation and is currently the CREATEC Post Doctoral Research Fellow at WAAPA, Edith Cowan University (ECU). She is a passionate performer and researcher with an active international touring schedule, as a soloist in her groups Abe Sada and Decibel, and the sound art collective Metaphonica. Her research interests include low frequency sound, film music, WA new music, archiving and the relationship between acoustic and electronic instruments. In 2010 she completed her Ph.D. at ECU on The Possibility of Infrasonic Music. She won the 2011 Australian Music Centre/ APRA Inaugural Award for Excellence in Experimental Music and was a finalist in the Citizen of the Year awards for the Art and Entertainment category. Her piece In The Cut (2009) is one of five selected to represent Australia in the 2013 International Society of Contemporary Music showcase and she has been commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, Atticus Quartet, Decibel, Austin Buckett, Golden Fur and Callum G'Froer.

What is your favourite Concerto?

Hard question – and the answer changes often. Right now, Penderecki's first Cello Concerto.

Career Highlight?

Winning the Inuagural APRA|AMC Award for Excellence in Experimental Music for Decibel's work.

What inspired you to compose this piece?

A recent visit to the Newcastle Conservatorium involved a visit to the hall where the concerto concert was planned – it has a beautiful organ. I also have some great organist friends who always amaze me with their playing. And Ligeti's Volumina is one of my favourite works of all time.

What should the audience look out for when listening?

Small details.

How has technology changed your relationship to making and listening to music?

It has enabled me to write music down; I can't imagine myself notating music at all if it wasn’t for the possibility to put a line on a page in motion.