Peter Batchelor: composer, sound designer

Kaleidoscope: Arcade

for 12 channels • September 2004, 8'40




(collapsed-to-stereo version)


Come behind the neon façades of the one-armed bandits and pinball machines and into the hearts of the machines themselves. Among the gears and levers, the whistling, darting, ratcheting and rolling is frantic and all-encompassing. A rage within the machine. Respites are fleeting, for no sooner has a game ended than more coins are pressed into the slot to start another. Enter the arcade.

This piece is a celebration of the arcade experience in its myriad forms. It continues the Kaleidoscope series in which the aim is to place the listener within the sound source.


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