MOTHERSHIP for orchestra & electronica (also available for wind ensemble) (9') 
This energetic opener imagines the orchestra as a mothership that is ‘docked’ by several visiting soloists, who offer brief but virtuosic riffs on the work’s thematic material over action-packed electro-acoustic orchestral figuration.
The piece follows the form of a scherzo with double trio (as found in, for example, the Schumann Symphony No. 2). Symphonic scherzos historically play with dance rhythms in a high-energy and appealing manner, with the ‘trio’ sections temporarily exploring new rhythmic areas. Mothership shares a formal connection with the symphonic scherzo but is brought to life by thrilling sounds of the 21st Century — the rhythms of modern-day techno in place of waltz rhythms, for example.
Recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas, Mothership received its world premiere at the Sydney Opera House and the YouTube Symphony on March 20, 2011, and it was viewed by almost two million people live on YouTube.
3 fl (1=picc) [double-wind version also available]
1 Eb cl, 2 cl (both = Bs Cl)
3 ob (3rd = E Hn)
2 bssn, 1 conta
4 hn, 3 tpt, 2 tbn, bs tbn, tba
INSTRUMENTATION WIND ENSEMBLE
4 flutes (1.2. doubling Piccolo)
2 oboes (2nd doubling English Horn)
2 bassoons, 1 contrabassoon
1 Eb clarinets, 4 Bb clarinets, 2 Bb Bass Clarinets
Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax
4 C Trumpets
2 trombones, 1 bass trombone
percussion (4 players)
laptop (simple, requires no expertise - see )