Pheromone B

for violin, piano, and electronics

Premiered by Panic Duo (Pasha Tsteitlin, violin; Nic Gerpe, piano)



Pheromone B for violin and electronics is adapted from Pheromone for flute and electronics. The seed of the piece came from watching a horde of ants march obliviously to an icy death in my freezer. I was taken with the idea that information can be passed invisibly or unconsciously from one entity to another, binding these entities together into a collective identity. Instead of a dialogue or soloist/accompaniment relationship, the violin and piano often express the same idea from different perspectives. Meanwhile, the electronics inhabit the wake left behind by the acoustic instruments, secreting an ethereal trail of evidence.


For full score, parts, and electronics patch, contact the composer.

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