The Force of Things

2016, Darmstadt, Germany

To Premiere at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music on August 1, 2016.

The Force of Things is a music theater piece created with composer Ashley Fure that explores the innate physicalty of our intangible digital world. The piece stages a series of musico-dramatic events that explore the interconnection and conflict between seemingly static material things and pulsating vibrations of electronic air.

Drawing from traditions of object theater and puppetry, The Force of Things combines live and electroacoustic music, architectural design, and theater to present a narrative radically decentered from the lives of humans. Staged inside a ring of live performed and projected sound, this 50-minute work positions itself at the experiential boundary between immersive installation and live performance.

Project funded by International Contemporary Ensemble: First Page Program, University of Michigan Office of Research, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Dartmouth College Provost's Office Seed Funding Program, and the International Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD).

We would like to thank Ross Karre, Levy Lorenzo, Ryan Muncy, Nicholas Houfek, and the rest of the incredible ICE team. Also, special thanks to Patrick Eakin-Young.

Project Team: Adam Fure, Ashley Fure (composer), Carla Landa, Michael Turvin, Stefan Savoy, and Gillian Yerrington

Photos: Ross Karre