This City

This City is a work for pianist Mabel Kwan and generative electronics. There is no printed score; rather, the pianist plays material generated for her in real time, which appears on a computer screen. Each instance of generated material is unique, ensuring that no two performances of This City will be the exactly same, although the piece will always be recognizable as the same work. This City is also a partial setting of Robert Fitterman's sprawling, multi-book poem, Metropolis XXX (The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire), read by my friend Nathan Wilson. Nathan's voice is diffused among and mixed with both the material generated by the computer and atmospheric sounds drawn from field recordings.