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Strange Things Begin to Happen When a Meteor Crashes in the Arizona Desert for flute, video and electronics

Mark Engebretson 2010


STBTHWAMCITAD Notes: This piece was written for Janice Misurell-Mitchell, using poetry of Michael Basinksi and artwork by Wendy Collin Sorin.

Performance notes: The flute/voice is amplified, with reverb depedning on hall acoustics.

The piece may be performed with or without the flute part. That is, it is possible to present only the video and electronic sounds in performance. The score comes with a disc containing the video in .mov format. In performance, use the video and the soundtrack accompanying it. For rehearsal purposes, an audio file in .aif format (STBTH Playback.aif) is also provided. Other performance media such as DVD are also available. Inquire if other format is needed.


for Janice Misurell-Mitchell with special thanks to Michael Basinksi and Wendy Collin Sorin

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Distorted: Strange things begin to happen....

when a meteor crashes in the Arizona desert

© 2010 by Mark Engebraretson


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with 6 billion screaming apes

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