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