The Chain of the Spine [2017]

trio for violin, Paetzold contrabass recorder, cardboard objects, sine waves, glass [30’]

written for Faint Noise


further reading

outside of time | inside the sound [dissertation colloquium presented for the degree of PhD at Harvard University, May 6, 2019]

Timothy McCormack : music on a geologic scale on Musica Kaleidoskopea.

performance history

8/10/2019 - Marco Fusi, Caroline Mayrhofer, Winnie Huang. Kalv Festival. Kalv, Sweden.

6/29/2018 - Duo Two WhiskasAlte Schmiede Wien. Vienna, Austria.

6/22/2018 - Duo Two WhiskasAllerArt Bludenz. Bludenz, Austria.

6/21/2018 - Duo Two Whiskas. Gemeindemuseum. Absam, Austria.

4/22/2017 - Faint Noise. Paine Hall. Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.



program note

In this piece, the instruments are highly individuated noise-producing bodies; autonomous and built of their own limited hoard of materials. The bodies are vertebrae, each with its own irregular, unwieldy, and irreconcilable shape. They are coextensive within a space, and form a vague suggestion of a larger archipelagic shape. Strange alignments emerge between the instruments, but these alignments occur over protracted, warped, smeared swaths of time. Each vertebrae links to another as in an inexorably tangled spine.