Seven Shrinking Machines by Ben Gaunt was written for Icasrus Ensemble as part of the European Composers’ Professional Development Programme 2012.
Seven Shrinking Machines had its world première at Spazio Icarus, Reggio Emilia, Italy on the 19th November 2012. and later received its UK première at Bates Mill, Huddersfield, UK on the 21st November 2012.
Seven Shrinking Machines is a study in proportion and memory. Seven distinct musical sections are presented, each with their own identity and set of rules; each with their own ‘DNA’. As the piece is played out a section is taken away one at a time until only one remains.