NOTHING FROM NOTHING (IS BLACK ARE WHITE)
COMMISSIONED BY: DUO ECHOI
PREMIERE: 2008-01-04 (ST PAUL, MN)
LATEST PERFORMANCE: 2017-04-01 (SAN FRANCISCO, CA)
Where do sounds come from? Perhaps they come from the people, or the things, that make them. But what if sounds should arise without any effort by you or I, or anything else? What if, out of thin air, there beckons forth a sound so fragile, so brittle, that it can only live long enough for us to hear it before it vanishes away — as if its birthplace seemed not to be the world, but in-stead our imagination? Do such sounds exist, then, in the mind, where being rescued by our thoughts, they become music? This, to me, is a lonely idea. For music soon becomes itself a thought, and a thought is a thing rather more like a ghost than a sound. Where, then, should I look? If these sounds do indeed exist outside of ourselves, then I like to think it is somewhere quite different. In a place between perception and action. Sounds are there, moving back and forth. Like traces of light on the wind.