Mutation (as the mark that noise leaves upon presence)

trumpet, percussion, piano, & electronics

revised score (in progress)

The title Mutation (as the mark that noise leaves upon presence) is derived from N. Katherine Hayles’s semiotics of virtuality—a heuristic device with which she maps her concept of posthumanism as a literary phenomenon. Mutation “achieves its potency as a social and cultural manifestation of the posthuman” when noise erupts into the material world causing changes in material forms.

Following this notion, Mutation explores artificial—informational—structures derived from the natural property of acoustic resonance and embraces the noise that emerges from their unconventional manipulations. At odds are body representations such as the harmonic series, recordings of resonant objects, prescriptive music notation, and the distortions inherent in material and embodied circumstances which, while always inevitable, are reinforced through extended performance practices and transformative digital processes.

Mutation was written for and is dedicated to SPLICE Ensemble.

Note: Mutation is currently under revision. This demo is an excerpt which combines recordings from the premiere with a modified electronic component. The live, instrumental component is now different from what is heard here and shown in the score.