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Ian Dicke – Assembly Lines

January 3, 2014 | By |

Assembly Lines (2011)
Ian Dicke, composer and video
The University of Texas at Austin
New Music Ensemble
Dan Welcher, conductor

Program Note:
Assembly Lines was commissioned by the Detour New Music Ensemble. The work can be optionally accompanied by live video projections of factory footage from the Prelinger Archives. After a brief, yet clangorous fanfare, a solo bassoon unveils the work’s “conveyor belt” theme. Not unlike Ford’s automobile assembly line, the ensemble appends this tune with a series of interchangeable motifs, which hammer and thrash the musical texture in an intricate web of syncopation and orchestral color. The Model T is born.