Aesthetics of Disppearance
The Aesthetics of Disappearance 92018)
This is a music composition for lapsteel, viola, cello, double bass (or any 3 low strings), percussion, organ and sub tone
For Dazza Buckley. In memorium Paul Virilio.
Premiered at Monash University, TENOR conference, July 2019 (recording here)
This piece is in the memory of Paul Virillo, whose book Art and Fear (2003) was a hugeinfluence on my thinking. In his 1991 book,The Aesthetics of Disappearance, Virilio traces out the relationship of biological optics to technologies of "production of appearance." This piece tests this idea with audibility, rather than optics. Perceptual gaps create illusions of continuity, where I attempt to highlight the paradox of empiricism in acoustic science as a kind of "motion without mobility," as Virillio attempts in his book with optics.
The score should be read in the Decibel ScorePlayer application on an iPad (which provides parts), or as a video score, available on the composers’ website. The audio is embedded in the score and can be played out of the score player of video file.