The Three Ecologies (2020)
for oboe, bassoon, horn, and electronics – dur. 6’40″
Written for the 16th Thailand International Composers Competition – Category A: Rapee Sagarik Composition Prize
The title comes from the book of the same name by Felix Guattari. Here, the definition of ecology has been extended to refer to the differences in ‘ecosystems’ between the horn, oboe, and bassoon. For Guattari, the three ecologies are; the environment, social relations, and human subjectivity.
A graph-based approach to composition (k-core) was used to conceptually meld these ideas together. k-core is used to study the resilience of networks in ecology, clustering of social networks, and brain cortex structure. Each performer is playing independently from each other and are following their own probability sequence. The music offers the space to think about the structures we live by, along with the ‘instrumental ecologies‘. The music is the correspondence between the systems as they intersect, overlap, and entangle, each within their own successively enclosed substructures.