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Rethink Forever



Peter Hannan, composer



Rethink Forever is a piece combining live vocal sound with electronic sound. The electronic sound consists mostly of processed singing and speaking of the members of musica intima.


Anything that resembles choral singing in the electronic part is from a recording that musica intima made of Thomas Tallis’s beautiful short piece ‘If ye love me’ , although mostly so thoroughly processed that even Tallis himself (and his lawyers) probably wouldn’t recognize it.


The text is composed from a very limited vocabulary , that contains the 200 most common words in the English language, some phrases from a website with advice about love and relationships, the text from the Tallis song.


Rethink Forever is a kind of ten commandments of love. The commandments are:


1. love me

2. know need

3. learn hurt

4. get hard

5. get soft

6. see truth

7. study happiness

8. detect passion

9. understand freedom

10. rethink forever




A live performance of Rethink Forever (Peter Hannan) was scheduled for May 29, 2020 as the final concert of musica intima's 19/20 concert season. When a live performance became impossible with the onset of the Covid-19 restrictions, we made the decision to do a virtual version of the piece.


Filmed at our homes throughout the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast in May 2020.  Video and Audio by Peter Hannan.

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the city of granada on the surface of mars




It’s as if Christopher Columbus’ commentary on his first voyage to the ‘new world’ in 1492 (with incidental reference to kicking the Moors out of Spain) was somehow cross-transmitted with info from the NASA website about the 1996 Mars Pathfinder mission. Commissioned by Vancouver New Music for musica intima in 2000. (PH)

‘the city of granada on the surface of mars’ was part of X—Ten Centuries/Ten New Works. Ten pieces were commissioned from ten different composers, each relating to a different century between 1000 and 2000; be it through text or musical or historical references.  Four of the pieces were performed by musica intima, with and without instrumental ensemble, at the Chan Centre in September 2000. The project was conceived by Owen Underhill and put on by Vancouver New Music, funded by the Canada Council’s Millennium Fund.

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