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14 Islands (2005)

fl/bass flute, prepared harp and unpitched percussion [6']
Commissioned and premiered by Flight and Dutchman

The rock garden at Ryoanji temple in Kyoto contains fifteen large black rocks (“islands”) surrounded by raked white sand. However, no matter where you stand you can never see all fifteen at once. In this work, in which I contemplate the idea of “islands” of breathless activity surrounded by “raked sands” of static noise textures, you only hear 14 “islands” — the 15th, however, is present within the music, but passes unheard.

 


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