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Feb 27, 2023

"The effect of music is so very much more powerful and penetrating than is that of the other arts, for these others speak only of the shadow, but music of the essence." --Arthur Schopenhauer

Changing Destructive Stories Through Music

"In the story, Dr. Frankenstein creates the impossible. He creates life out of unlife. He creates a new creature. And what happens when he's done? He walks away. Abandons him. Doesn't even give it a name. "Not my responsibility." When the creature wakes up in the forest he's looking for where he belongs. He's looking for a family. Then he hears the voices of birds.He feels a deep connection with the natural world--the movement of the trees, the changing of the seasons, the birds and the beasts. He tries to imitate the sounds of the birds. But the sounds he makes frighten him..." On a quest for music and mythologies with roots deep enough to address the climate crisis, composer Duncan Neilson stumbled upon a reawakening of wonder. He shares his transformative journey in this talk. A journey that interweaves the voices of biomusic, and electronica, with a new look at Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.


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