Modern Machinery

for symphony orchestra
Modern Machinery is designed to bring listeners into a romanticized, industrial landscape.  The piece takes advantage of a number of extended techniques within the strings and percussion, evoking the sound of a factory, perhaps forgotten.  Throughout the work, there are also these grand, sweeping lines, reminiscent of much older works in the orchestral canon.  It is through the juxtaposition of these two elements that Modern Machinery can be viewed as both "new" and "old," much like the age of industrialism that the work aims to capture.  
Performance by the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra; Jan Wagner, conductor: