Through a Brittle Landscape
Trumpet and Fixed-media Electronics
This work explores relationships between two opposing sound worlds: the electronics are often brittle, clipped, and agitated, atop which the trumpet floats with smooth, flowing melodies. As the work progresses, the trumpet's melodies are gradually infected with the brittle, broken nature of the electronic sounds, and the electronics are transformed to match the smoothness of the trumpet. In the end, the two opposing forces reach a state of reconciliation as they learn to inhabit one another's sound worlds. Commissioned by my friend Gregory Sills.