for Trombone Quartet and Recorded Sound
The sound of printing presses, typewriters, and computers are all associated with spreading the daily news. All acts of the human condition, good or bad, are processed through these machines to keep us informed. But what happens to the emotion? Is it possible for the original story to become over-processed? Can the emotion be stripped as the story is spun?
Spinner looks to explore these questions. The overall form is one of theme and variation. Each section is comprised of both the emotional story (A), and the news-machine that follows (B). One is full of lush harmonies and an introspective melody, while the other rushes at the story with the mechanics in place to break it down and disseminate. By the end of Spinner, the job of publishing winds down and we all are informed. Are we changed or do we simply receive the process?