Solo Bassoon

The concept for this piece is based on Artificial Intelligence and the potential for increasingly intelligent machines to form their own ideas and move away from what is intended of them; their actions and intentions unknown. The performer takes on the role of an A.I. who is supposed to follow an intended musical pathway. As an A.I., the performer may decide to stray from this path and follow alternate lines, which begin ash references to sic-fi media (including A.I./robots) as the machine bases its future decisions on a database of past actions. Obvious quotes progress to non-referential music as the A.I. becomes more intelligent, straying further into other directions. The original pathway becomes more agitated with time as an underlying conflict arises through an ominous atmosphere of uncertainty and anxiety amidst the machine’s exploration.

February 2015.

Live Recording, performed by Ronan Whittern.