THE HINCHINBROOK RIFFS
(duration ~ 8.00)
amplified acoustic guitar and digital delay

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Program note –
Hinchinbrook Island is one of the world’s most diversely beautiful wilderness areas. It lies off the Cardwell coast, halfway between Cairns and Townsville in North Queensland Australia.
Originally populated by the Bandjin people, its current name was given  by Captain Cook in 1770 & it is now listed as part of the “Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area” being Australia’s largest island National Park.
I first encountered the island whilst cruising the coral coast on my father’s yacht in 1975, & I was awestruck & inspired by the overwhelming grandeur of the rugged peaks & lush tropical gorges.
A number of musical motives or “riffs” immediately came to mind which I notated & initially incorporated into one of my very first compositions, “The Hinchinbrook Riffs” written for my garage band at the time “Eggs Benedict”.
Using the inspiration garnered from a recent walking expedition to Hinchinbrook island with my son Joel, I decided to revisit the musical fragments collected all those years ago & incorporate them into a piece for solo Guitar & digital delay.
The piece consists of a string of “motives” or “riffs” that are digitally copied within the delay & made to repeat 600 milliseconds (about half a second) after they have been performed “live”.  The performer is required to interlock with the delay signal by adhering to a strict tempo indication (100 beats per minute), creating the riffs to interplay & trip over themselves, causing interesting rhythmic & melodic variants that surge & ebb in wave – like formations.