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Paracusia

solo alto saxophone and electronics (2018-)

Paracusia is a five movement work for saxophone(s) and live electronics commissioned by Justin Massey. It is defined as auditory hallucinations involving the perception of sounds arising from outside the mind, most commonly of voices. In this piece, the performer and the audience represent a character that is trapped inside a reverberation room.

 

Paracusia I begins after the character has been inside the room for a brief period of time. They will begin to hear voices (imitating the actions of the performer) swarming around them, building into a climatic moment of tension which seems to dissipate briefly into the start of the second movement. 

 

Paracusia I was premiered by Justin Massey at West Virginia University (April 14, 2018).

Paracusia II. tethers begins immediately after the first movement, during which the character continues to hear violent echos, imitating their actions, emerge from all around them. Throughout this movement the character begins to struggle more intensely against the multitude of voices spiraling around them, as the tethers connecting them to reality begin to snap.  

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Paracusia II. tethers was premiered by Justin Massey at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (June 21, 2018).