Selected Multimedia Works

Nothing Ends

voice, animation, and electroacoustic music

Diana Moore: vocal characterization
Mark Zaki: sound, word, and image

no one can hear you dream

voice, violin, computer-mediated animation, and electroacoustic music

Debra Finch: vocal characterization
Mark Zaki: sound, word, and image

no one can hear you dream derives in part from experimental film, visual music, and electroacoustic music practices. Set within a virtual environment, the visual and audio sequences shy away from conventional narrative, formal design and to a degree, linear dialogue. The piece is instead framed by the juxtaposition of “imagined memories” intended to suggest analogue situations between real and virtual activity.

Windows

voice, animation, and electroacoustic music

Paul Bernstein: vocal characterization
Mark Zaki: sound, word, and image

The eyes of our souls only then begin to see, when our bodily eyes are closing. ~ William Law

Inspired by Mallarmé's poem Les fenêtres, Windows similarly expresses characteristic symbolist themes of mysticism and otherworldliness, a heightened sense of mortality, and awareness of the power of spiritual corruption. Simultaneously attractive and profoundly disconcerting, we see the window as an entrance that invites us to reflect our own path and the possibilities beyond it. Yet the window as a barrier suggests that we have limitations, and may never fully transcend this world. The piece speaks to the illusion that we can control our life, where in fact unforeseen events mercilessly alter its course. In the end, it wonders if it's possible to escape, recognizing the inability to rise above human deceits.

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