Permafrost                  Duration 9’45”

Composition for Recorder and Fixed Electronics

Composer: Dr Donna Hewitt

Performer: Dr Alana Blackburn


The work is composed specifically for Blackburn and is the first composer-performer collaboration between these two artists. The work is for recorders and fixed electronics. It is inspired by Alana’s comprehensive musical vocabulary with the recorder family and highlights her extensive performance experience with the instruments.

The work utilises both natural and synthesised sounds, including some recordings of Antarctic wildlife. The work aims to entwine the textures, timbres and spatial characters of the live and pre-recorded sounds. The work is inspired by the concept of ‘Permafrost’, the ‘permanently’ frozen earth found in colder climates. The predicted thawing of the permafrost is accompanied by some ominous scientific predictions for the future of our climate, ecosystems and health and was at the forefront of Hewitt’s mind as she composed this work.


The work was premiered at the Tilde~ Music Festival in Melbourne in January 2019

Permafrost Performed by Alana Blackburn
Alana Blackburn performing ‘Permafrost’ at the Tilde~ New Music Festival Melbourne January 19, 2019

Recording coming soon.