Composition by Christopher Stark
with visuals by Andrew Lucia
Performed by New Morse Code
Re:Sound Festival, Cleveland, OH
Performance Notes (Christopher Stark, composer)
The Language of Landscapes is a conceptual work which attempts to make commentary on human wastefulness and resourcefulness. It is constructed in four abstract scenes, and the narrative is created through juxtaposing sounds and concepts relating to what we perceive as “natural” and “synthetic.” Sonically, the work includes many attributes traditionally associated with the cello and percussion, but it also includes more unusual sounds: field recordings of water and wind and the performance of discarded/junk objects like glass bottles, styrofoam, scrap metal, and cardboard. The work ultimately attempts to ask the question: What will art look and sound like after our basic resources have been depleted?