Parallax of Quantum
“Almost certainly we are moving into an age of totalitarian dictatorships – an age in which freedom of thought will be at first a deadly sin and later on a meaningless abstraction. The autonomous individual is going to be stamped out of existence.” – George Orwell
In a special festival commission, Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, has created a new composition “Parallax of Quantum” featuring strings, electronic music and the legendary science fiction writer, Samuel R. Delany, author of Babel-17 and Dhalgren, reading from George Orwell’s classic novel 1984. Featuring the the WCM Beloveds: Nurit Pacht & Andrew Waggoner (violins), Kathryn Lockwood (viola) and Caroline Stinson (cello).
Paul A Miller / DJ Spooky
Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer. He has collaborated with an array of recording artists, including Metallica, Chuck D, Steve Reich, and Yoko Ono. His 2018 album, DJ Spooky Presents: Phantom Dancehall, debuted at #3 on Billboard Reggae, and his large-scale, multimedia performance pieces include “Rebirth of a Nation,” Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica, commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Seoul Counterpoint, written during his 2014 residency at Seoul Institute of the Arts. He was the inaugural artist-in-residency at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s The Met Reframed, 2012-2013. His books include the award-winning Rhythm Science, published by MIT Press in 2004; Sound Unbound, an anthology about digital music and media; The Book of Ice, a visual and acoustic portrait of the Antarctic, and; The Imaginary App, on how apps changed the world.
Andrew Waggoner was born in 1960 in New Orleans, and studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the Eastman School of Music and Cornell University. Praised by The New Yorker as “the gifted practitioner of a complex but dramatic and vividly colored style,” his music has been commissioned and performed by, among many others, the Academy of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields; the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the Saint Louis, Denver, Syracuse, and Winnipeg Symphonies, and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic of Zlin, Czech Republic. In 2009 he received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has also received grants and prizes from ASCAP, Yaddo, The New York State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, and New Music Delaware. Other awards include the Lee Ettelson prize from Composers Inc.; a Guggenheim Fellowship; and the Roger Sessions Prize from the Liguria Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy. He was a founding Director of the Seal Bay Festival of American Music in Vinalhaven, Maine, and is currently Co-Artistic Director, with his wife, cellist Caroline Stinson, of the Catskills-based Weekend of Chamber Music. He currently teaches composition and improvisation at Duke University. His most recent solo disc, Quantum Memoir, concertos for guitar, piano, and violin, was released on Bridge Records in August of 2019.