Toby McKes, DXARTS
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.