The Three Ecologies (2020)
for oboe, bassoon, horn, and electronics – dur. 6’40″
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. Or between the listener, the musicians, and the performance space, and how they enmesh with each other.
For Guattari, the three ecologies are;
1. Human subjectivity (percepts, affects, mental concepts and abstractions).
2. The social (being embedded in a mesh of relations, in an open changing system).
3. The environment (ecology, non-human, objects, architecture).
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 (in a post-cageian experimentation.) The music offers the space to think about the structures we live in. And to be receptive to the correspondences between systems as they intersect, overlap, and entangle, each within their own successively enclosed substructures.
This piece was made between February and May of 2020.