Desire with Digressions (2012)

for piano and interactive computer music
after a short story by Brian Evenson


Desire with Digressions is a musical reading of a short story of the same name by Brian Evenson. The story explores the dissociative state of a single character, caught in the midst of flight from a former life. Pulled into an uncertain orbit, the character meets up with, and circles back to, various permutations of himself. The resulting variation form, with its noir-ish sensibility, becomes the basis for this musical reading, where piano and electronics suggest the affect of the surreal psychological journey. The piece is dedicated to Bruce Brubaker.

Special thanks to Jon Nelson and Katherine Bergeron.