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Memory of Absence

  • Used by permission. In performance, most of the music and some of the lighting is controlled by the dancer, using a touch sensitive dance floor/MIDI controller developed at The University of Texas at Austin. At times the floor is used extensively, controlling the sound and/or lighting very precisely; at other times, it merely triggers a section of music or a sequence of light cues, leaving the dancer free to move without restriction for a time.  The musical composition begins with a solo guitar piece, which accompanies a childlike dance – a portrait of innocence and naiveté; subsequent sections explore other, more literal forms of “blindness.” The musical ideas presented in the solo guitar piece reappear at various places throughout the composition, sometimes transformed almost beyond recognition, and are intended to symbolize the character’s memories of childhood and feelings of loss. 
  • Included on Centaur CRC 2764 CDCM Computer Music Series, Volume 34. Russell Pinkston: Four Electroacoustic Dance Suites.