This is the first part of a proposed longer work that takes its inspiration from statistics relating to the almost daily mass shootings in the United States of America. When complete, it will incorporate the entire mass shooting index for the year 2019.
The composition, as heard in the video above, is scored for trombone, piano, electronics and projected text. As the events of the year unfold, the trombone plays one note for every person killed, and the piano for every person wounded. The first piano note for each displayed slide also corresponds to the latitude of the location of the shooting. The electronics carry the 'memory' of the fatally shot and come to the fore on the days when there are no displayed incidents. As the piece develops the electronics take on a more prominent role as the killings accumulate.
When complete, the work will be able to be performed live or presented as an integrated video and audio installation. The compositional score will also be released, with the idea that it could be adapted for any instrument or combination of instruments, to encourage further performance possibilities. All going well, the piece should be ready autumn 2020.
As there is no standard definition of what a mass shooting is, the composition defines this this as an incident where at least four people are shot. The data is taken from the massshootingtracker.site internet resource.
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