flute and electronics
Commissioned and premiered by Abigail Sperling

In 1995, the Hubble Space Telescope opened its lens on a nondescript patch of sky — about one ten-millionth of the total sky area — and over ten days recorded light from ever more distant objects. The resulting image, the Hubble Deep Field (HDF), included some of the most distant objects ever imaged, over 12 billion light years away. This, and subsequent deep fields, evoke a kind of cosmic melancholy at the unalterability and unknowability of the wheeling field of matter, space and time around us. Deep Field III is the third in a series of works or solo instrument/ voice and electronics, drawing sonic ideas from these cosmic scales and spaces.

This work was commissioned by and premiered by Abigail Sperling in 2016, with funding from Todd Trust and Victoria University of Wellington.

The electronics for this work require an 8-channel speaker array, a vocal mic, and a Mac with an 8-channel audio interface running the Deep Field III electronics patch.

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