We Interrupt this Broadcast: 1936-69′ (2013)
Narration: Various world broadcasts/news bulletins from 1936-1969.
Instrumentation: flute, clarinet, violin, piano, tape, and electronics
We Interrupt this Broadcast: 1936-69’ was commissioned by the “i equals u” Festival, and premiered at Guests Projects Residency on 13 September, 2013. It calls for flute, clarinet in Bb, piano, violin, electronic sound design, and pre-recorded narration, with a duration of 11’30. The requested commission was an improvised type of work set to narration. From the announcement of King Edward VIII’s abdication speech to the Woodstock news footages, I decided to combine various historical US and UK broadcasts, along with other documented recordings from Argentina, India, and Germany. Each section weaves into another as vintage artifacts from earlier generations, somewhat representing the recorded verbatim text art that looms through hollow walls of contemporary museum exhibits. Combined with word painting and music quotation techniques, the ensemble and sound design creates atmospheric “Ivesian” textures of haunted iconic voices, which has shaped societies perception of the world, all based on the various news broadcasts from its time. This commission is also dedicated to composer, colleague, and friend Alex Temple. The video installation of this work was premiered at the London Symphony Orchestra’s Soundhub Associate Concert at LSO St. Luke’s on 27 May, 2017, featuring members of the LSO and conducted by Darren Bloom.
We Interrupt this Broadcast: 1936-69′ was very highly commended for the 2016 Alan Bush Prize.
Special thanks to Danny Feng for assisting with the recording, and Robert Ford for mixing this project.