Amplified flute, oboe, clarinet and piano with electronics and dancers (5’).
This musical setting is one depicting the chase of the modern Ichabod by Fear both imagined and real. Musically highlighting the phantasmagoric nature of the story, three live instruments (each personifying emotions of our central character) are amplified, becoming disembodied and projected into different spaces around the hall. At the midpoint, all wind music played in the first half is played in reverse, as if nightmarishly being pulled backward. Also demonstrating the pervasive role that Fear plays in contemporary culture, several prerecorded instruments are convolved with audio from TV, radio and internet broadcasts—at first sounding like the whispers of Ichabod’s many superstitions and growing into a menacing mass of threatening voices.
Live performance at the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre (Bloomington, IN), 04/2009. Choreography by Sierra Codalata.