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Unmanned (2013)

string quartet and live electronics, 13′

Recording coming soon!

  • commissioned by Friction Quartet

    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 | Ian Dicke in Brooklyn, New York | The Firehouse Space
    Friction Quartet
    01/18/14 | Ian Dicke in New York, New York | Klavierhaus Recital Hall
    Friction Quartet
    01/19/14 | Ian Dicke in New York, New York | Spectrum
    Friction Quartet
    01/26/14 | Ian Dicke in San Francisco, California | Old First Church
    Friction Quartet
    02/13/14 | Ian Dicke in San Francisco, California | San Francisco Conservatory of Music
    Friction Quartet
    02/21/14 | Ian Dicke in San Francisco, California | Center for New Music
    Friction Quartet
    03/02/14 | Ian Dicke in San Francisco, California | San Francisco Conservatory of Music
    Hot Air Music Festival
    Friction Quartet
    04/03/14 | Ian Dicke in Turlock, California | Cal State Stanislaus
    Friction Quartet
  • Available for purchase in January 2015.