Dark Zone (15’00)
Dark Zone (2013), Ensemble and Video, Full Score
Video available upon request from composer.
About this Work
Dark Zone was originally written for the nationally renowned Ensemble Dal Niente, with video projections by internationally acclaimed video artist, Arthur Liou. It is a 15-minute collaborative multimedia work for video projections and 7-player mixed ensemble. The work is based on deep-sea bioluminescent displays, whereby animals use light to communicate in an environment completely devoid of sunlight. The projections attempts to recreate actual bioluminescent patterns used by a variety of deep-sea creatures, even demonstrating how the interactions of these animals change the way they communicate, thus altering their patterns. Since the project seeks to create a truly immersive experience for the audience, the 7 musicians play in almost total darkness, with the video projections and very dim stand lights providing the only ambient light. In the premiere, 7 video projectors were used and placed throughout the performance space to create a near composite image.
The piece was successfully premiered at the Indiana University’s Grunwald Gallery in February 2014.