Music for 18 things questions what we expect from people. Why the first thing we ask when we first meet someone is what do you do or which is your profession, establishing filters for our relation’s environment.
Without being musician or luthier, I decided to compose a musical piece to be performed by an orchestra with instruments I built in an unexpected way, questioning also the way we expect things to be, not only the people. Getting closer to the absurd, I choose to be inspired by the masterpiece of someone I consider one of the greatest contemporary composers. Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich. In fact, I dedicate the work to him, but the work is not the music or the instruments. The work is the fact that I do something I’m not supposed to do.
As in Reich’s composition, pulse and breathing allude to time and life. The concert starts when a stethoscope with a built in microphone makes my heart to play live on the speakers, as a metronome in the initial part of the work, which is divided into eight sections: pulse, breathing, growth, torment, chaos, harmony, breathing and pulse; drawing an endless circle across being alive, growing and the torment caused by the feeling that growth generates even more questions.
Music for 18 things is full of significant elements in my life along the last decades. My expectations, my frustrations and achievements on what I have been doing, what I do and what I still want to do; questioning what we are, with more and more questions each second.
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