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The Doomsday Machine

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Composer: Michael Burritt
Publisher: Innovative Percussion, Inc.
Instrumentation: 4 brake drums, 8 tin cans, 4 cow bells, ice bell, 3 hi-hats, opera gong, slap stick, 2 large log drums, 2 mounted vibra slaps, snare drum, earth plate, medium suspended cymbal, 2 woodblocks, crotale (either F, B, Eb, G), ribbon crasher, bongos, congas, bass drum, bass drum w/ foot, 4 timpani, anvil or bell plate, china cymbal

Program Notes:
The Doomsday Machine is named for an episode from Star Trek, my favorite science fiction series of all time. The "Doomsday Machine" is an enormous weapon, both in size and strength, that was left adrift in space. This war machine was capable of destroying whole planets and was discovered, of course, by Captain Kirk and his crew. The Enterprise ultimately conquered teh "Doomsday Machine" by feeding it another star ship that was set to self destruct. My "Doomsday Machine" is meant to be an aurally and visually captivating work that explores a multitude of wood, metal and membraned sounds in an explosively energetic dance.

Review:
“The Doomsday Machine” is a challenging percussion quartet for four multipercussionists. The setup includes timpani, congas, bongos, woodblocks, log drums, mounted vibraslaps, assorted tin cans, and hi-hat cymbals. According to the composer, the piece “is meant to be an aurally and visually captivating work that explores a multitude of wood, metal, and membraned sounds in an explosively energetic dance.” - Mark Ford Percussive Notes, April 2001

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