Score for '2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal'

Castells-Delgado, Antonio (2017) Score for '2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal'. [Composition]

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Abstract

'2045' was inspired by an article published on Time Magazine in 2011 by Lev Grossman entitled '2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal'. The article features computer engineer and futurologist Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google Inc., describing the advent of Technological Singularity, a new era in which man and machine will finally merge allowing us to prolong life indefinitely, effectively making man immortal.

Through this paradigm of the future I explore our bad relationship with death and the efforts of our technocratic society to overcome it. Through the piece this view is juxtaposed to the one of philosopher Alan Watts, who in his teachings argued that in nature’s game there’s a purpose to dying, that it is not natural for us to wish to prolong life indefinitely and that the idea that death is a terrible thing is a tremendous disease from which our culture in particular suffers.

Composition for Soprano, Countertenor, Mixed Choir, Piano Trio, English Horn, Synthesizer, Bass Guitar, Percussion and Live Electronics.

Item Type: Composition
Subjects: Music > Composition
Music > Composition > Electronic composition
Music
Depositing User: Antonio Castells-Delgado
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2017 14:15
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2017 14:15
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3668

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