Fake News

electro-acoustic music (2017)

(duration ca. 6:44 minutes)

program note:

Fake News is a fixed media composition derived from a single sound source, albeit a rather large and complex sonic event -- a live performance recording of my composition for wind ensemble entitled Breaking News. That piece, with a duration of over 18 minutes is my idiosyncratic reflection on our modern era of media fragmentation, citizen journalism, and crowd-sourced news; on the jarring, interrupting effect of headlines from all over the world intruding on our lives as we exercise our unalienable right to the pursuit of happiness; and on the prominent rhythms and themes that have emerged from several big news stories of the past few years. Sometimes the connection is obvious, sometimes more oblique, and sometimes downright obscure. With a duration of 6:44, Fake News compresses and distorts the original in a number of ways. At times the approach is one of heightened realism; at other times it's more like covering it with graffiti -- all the while, maintaining a clear connection to the original.

Click on the blue sound file image below to link to an mp3 recording of the composition.

An 8-channel version is available for public performance. Click on the contact link below to request it.