[I]nfluence /// c[O]nfluence
Digital scorebook and accompanying audio clip of interpretation
[I]nfluence///c[O]nfluence is a graphic score, representation and interpretation of the Colorado River and its meandering physical and cultural landscape. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, a resounding, reverberating single point some 10,000 feet above sea level gives birth to an extensive system of dams, reservoirs, and aqueducts, which in most years, diverts its entire flow for agricultural irrigation and domestic water supply. Running 1450 miles to its delta in the Gulf of California, the Colorado River carves right through the American West. Divided, subdivided, legislated, and appropriated over and over, seven American states and Mexico are dependent on the Colorado River for agriculture, city water, recreation, and many other activities.
This work interprets the physical form of the river along with surrounding cultural phenomenon, topography, time, and spatial relationships. The composition can be played by one player or orchestrated by a larger group. Any instrument is welcome to experiment with the composition. My hope is that a new awareness around our collective human relationship with the Colorado River can be explored through this piece of work. In order to preserve our rural agricultural communities in the American West, we need to incite dialogue about the delicate balance between people, place, and the natural resources we all depend on. To this end, I hope the composition can be useful.
Charles W. McClung, M.M. Composition at the University of Colorado Boulder, interpreted this score on April 24th, 2020.
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