dark matter – avalanche
24-channel electroacoustic composition year: 2018 duration: 14:50 min studio: Harvard University Studios for Electroacoustic Composition first performance: December 15, 2018 , Harvard University a tribute to Iannis XenakisInspired by the music of Iannis Xenakis, this composition explores the relationship between sound masses and movement in space. The work uses 24 loudspeakers, positioned as a dome around the audience, to create a highly polyphonic gestural choreography of contrasting sound entities.
The human voice, as well as individual sounds from percussion and orchestral instruments, were the starting point for dense accumulations. Computer models of falling rocks and flocking birds were adapted to be ‘performable’ in the studio and to control sound movement throughout the dome.