“After Years of Grey Airplanes” is a piece built from forgotten sounds - those bits edited out from other compositions, here repositioned as focal points, creating a sound world one extra step removed from the original, acoustic source, and thus one that operates solely on an internal logic. Formally, there is a strong anti-algorithmic approach to composition, wherein the composer has taken hundreds and hundreds of microedits from various parts of the piece and built the propulsive bed from jump-cuts.
This internal logic is used to remove any desire on the part of the listener to “solve” the piece - very quickly one realizes the patterns are unsolvable, and thus the formal elements can instead present a philosophical motivation, which in this case is one of violence, or “punching through”. Indeed, not literal violence, but those moments which jump out and present themselves as “incorrect”, and hopefully move the listener towards a slightly uncomfortable pla! ce.
“Airplanes” is the first movement of “Cast A Widening Circle”.
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Acosta, Arsenault, Ashton-Beaucage, Barrette, Basanta, Beaudoin, Bergeron, Bond, Bowles, Boyko…92 tracks