Toby McKes, DXARTS

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DXARTS Senior Thesis

This work is an exploration on space and time, realized
through the performance and manipulation of a reed instrument.
Returning to a neglected and broken accordion as both a source and an
inspiration, the piece attempts to reach a compositional and musical
agreement, exploring beauty in the dissonance and disrepair of an
instrumental organism. Influenced heavily by such works as Wisharts
Red Bird and Hölsts The Planets, this work strives to convey feelings
of triumph, failure, birth, death and re-birth. In order to explore
these themes, the piece utilizes a spatial framework that structures
and guides the narrative of the work.