This is the full documentation of the April 12, 2013 premiere of CARBON SONG CYCLE, a work for chamber ensemble and expanded cinema by composer Pamela Z and video artist Christina McPhee.
The piece is in 10 movements scored for voice with live processing, bassoon, viola, cello, and percussion, with live, multi-channel video.
The movements are as follows:
00:41 i Prelude: Carbon Relay / Light Frustration
04:36 ii Three Vertical Kilns
11:10 iii Breathing / Breathing Genesis
16:52 iv Diagram A (Carbon Drawing) / Geodata Diagrams
20:20 v Cellphone Trees/ Fire Jerky
24:04 vi Unpredictable Weather/ De-Mobbing Crude
27:58 vii Biosphere I (sounds) /Geothermal Combustion
31:45 viii Biosphere II (populations) /Geothermal Combustion
34:24 ix The Heat / Carbon Surf Drawing
38:44 x Combustion / Solar Circuit Parts Per Million
Pamela Z (music composition, voice & electronics)
Christina McPhee (video composition, and video performance)
Dana Jessen (bassoon)
Charith Premawardhana (viola)
Theresa Wong (cello & voice)
Suki O'Kane (percussion)
Pamela Z used samples of the voices of Christina McPhee (movement iii) and Dr. Richard Zare (movements iv and ix) in the music.
Carbon Song Cycle was made possible in part by grants from the MAP Fund and New Music USA.