Fish Affected by Dreams
Duration: ca 17'56"
Instrumentation: viola and interactive electronics
Details: Fish Affected by Dreams utilizes live viola, processed viola and fixed electronic material. The fixed material is made from recorded viola sounds and synthesized sounds. The viola material is set within and accompanied by the electronic material. Composed between 2009 and 2011. Commissioned by Shannon McCue.
Since dreaming is the free association the brain goes into during the phase of sleep where nutrients are being loaded into the brain, fish do indeed dream. Fish dream about the things they see, smell, taste, fear and enjoy while being awake. Dreaming that you go to a fish market means pleasure and joy. Seeing decayed and rotting fish at the fish market indicates distress that will come in the disguise of happiness. Fish dreaming about boundless fields of kelp means pleasure and joy. Dreaming of rotting and decayed humans floating in the ocean indicates distress that will come in the disguise of happiness.
This recording is taken from the premier performance given by violist Shannon McCue on January 21, 2011 @ the UCSB multicultural center.