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(Cello & fixed electronics) 7'

commissioning note

Commissioned by my dear friend Tal Aronson and premiered by Luis Mercado

Programme note

I wrote Amygdala in late 2015 while I was living in the Haut-Marais in Paris. Amygdala is a kind of exploration of the way in which anxiety comes in waves, always lapping at the edges, and sometimes rising and overwhelming us.

electronic setup

You will need:

To play the fixed electronics


  • A laptop with Ableton Live or free QLab software (there is currently no tablet/iPad version of QLab)

  • A MIDI foot controller (an electronic piano expression/sustain pedal won't work) and cable to connect it to the laptop

  • Stereo speakers and mixing desk

  • Audio interface and cables from laptop to mixing desk


For amplification (required)


  • A directional microphone

  • A microphone stand

  • An XLR cable connecting the microphone to the mixing desk

  • Speakers


Gemma Peacocke - Amygdala
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