Unmanned by Ian Dicke

for string quartet and electronics, 14'

Unmanned explores the ways in which recent developments of technology have enabled soldiers to distance themselves from the disturbing realities of war. Scored for string quartet and live electronics, the work explores a variety of relationships to form a direct metaphor with the use of automated weapons in military campaigns. This proverbial remote control removes us from the brutality of conflict, leaving behind the physical scars of conventional battle. Only images of carnage captured by surveillance cameras challenge our perpetual denial of any wrongdoing and leave an unsettling mental imprint that is difficult to disregard.


01/12/14 @ The Firehouse Space, Brooklyn

01/18/14 @ Klavierhaus Recital Hall, NY

01/19/14 @ Spectrum, NY

01/26/14 @ Old First Church

02/13/14 @ San Francisco Conservatory of Music

02/21/14 @ Center for New Music

03/02/14 @ San Francisco Conservatory of Music

04/03/14 @ Cal State Stanislaus

01/23/15 @ University of Texas at Austin

04/04/15 @ Brava Theater

03/12/16 @ Neighborhood Church of Pasadena