Physics of Seduction. Invocation #2 Paul Dolden

Speed creates pure objects. It is itself a pure object, since it cancels out the ground and territorial reference points, since it runs ahead of time to annul time itself, since it moves more quickly than its own cause and obliterates that cause by outstripping it. Speed is the triumph of effect over cause, the triumph of instantaneity over time as depth, the triumph of the surface and pure objectality over the profundity of desire. Speed creates a space of initiation which may be lethal. Its only rule is to leave no trace behind. Triumph of forgetting over memory, an uncultivated amnesic intoxication. The composition was commissioned by harpsichordist Vivienne Spiteri with assistance from the Canada Council.

  • Year of composition: 1991
  • Format: Mixed work
  • Instrumentation: Harpsichord and tape
  • Duration of the submitted work: 13:30


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