windward (2018)

Windward is a composition for bass drum, interactive animation, electronic sound, and computer controlled lighting. Using the head of a concert bass drum as a projection screen, the performer conjures dynamic images and sounds through their musical gestures. Structured as a series of expanding vignettes, sections of musical exploration alternate with visually narrative sections. As the work unfolds, these visual creations begin to take on a life of their own - even questioning the authority of their maker. The work is a technologically driven meditation on storytelling and the power of myth.

The work was written for and premiered by percussionist Aiyun Huang at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity on July 7, 2018. Additional animation and technical assistance provided by Miles Inada. The project was generously supported by a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission.

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