The Post Truth Pleasure Garden (2018)

2 voices, bass flute, bass clarinet, violin, viola, guitar, bass guitar, percussion and system

Programme notes

”More than 30 years ago, academics started to discredit “truth” as one of the “grand narratives” which clever people could no longer bring themselves to believe in. Instead of “the truth”, which was to be rejected as naïve and/or repressive, a new intellectual orthodoxy permitted only “truths” — always plural, frequently personalised, inevitably relativised. All claims on truth are relative to the particular person making them; there is no position outside our own particulars from which to establish universal truth”

Andrew Calcutt, 2016

Using this statement as a starting point, The Post Truth Pleasure Garden explores the concept of ‘truths’ through the sampling and reversioning of the acoustic instruments in the ensemble. The grand narrative is destroyed, a new orthodoxy created and everything you hear is relative to the people listening.

The words sung state “Australia now ignores laws of basic #HumanRights”. This is a quote from former president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, at an oration in 2017. She notes that “the idea of alternative facts which had credibility has created an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ world where words mean what we choose them to.