Lion of Echigo (For Violin and Max/MSP) (2015)
The music in this project draws material from the Japanese folk song “The Lion of Echigo.” The musical motives derived from this folk song present themselves in the beginning of the piece and represent nature, unaltered by mankind. As the piece progresses, the motives become developed, less free and more rhythmically industrial, representing the effects of industry on nature. This effect is supplemented by electronic processing which at this point in the piece starts to alter the acoustic sound significantly. However in the closing section of the piece, the opening material returns with the processing and some of the developed material from the middle section, representing the ideal where nature and industry reach a balance where they can coexist.
Premiere May 3, 2015, Julia Kim Violin