Assembly Lines (2011)
Ian Dicke, composer and video
The University of Texas at Austin
New Music Ensemble
Dan Welcher, conductor
Assembly Lines was commissioned by the Detour New Music Ensemble. The work can be optionally accompanied by live video projections of factory footage from the Prelinger Archives. After a brief, yet clangorous fanfare, a solo bassoon unveils the work's "conveyor belt" theme. Not unlike Ford's automobile assembly line, the ensemble appends this tune with a series of interchangeable motifs, which hammer and thrash the musical texture in an intricate web of syncopation and orchestral color. The Model T is born.