The Collapse of Empires Natalie Cringle [Ozma Sound]

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Throughout history man has built elaborate empires to control people, nature, and materials. Empires have ruled by raping and pillaging the lands of others. The word in itself, “empire,” has a somewhat dark connotation to it. As empires grow, like any living entity, they follow the cycle of life. This piece tells the story of a great collapse and the aftermath of a land rebuilding itself. The sharp, jarring, harsh, and awkward sounds represent the overspill of power within the empire, that it no longer has control, and is decaying rapidly. Through all deaths there are births, a regeneration of the land. The warm sounding, thick, luscious, organic sounds symbolize the matter piecing itself together again. Perhaps one could draw an analogy between the struggles and the dualities within one’s mind and the struggles within the rise and fall of a seemingly omnipotent force. Both face a massive transformation: from dark to light, from death to birth, from terror to freedom. Through the collapse of any empire there is a birth of a new way of life.

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