Eremozoic Age lovers : (with texts by Edward O Wilson and the sweet nothings of anonymous lovers)
by Thomas Meadowcroft (2014)
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Eremozoic Age Lovers is part lecture, part conversation, part concert piece and part sermon. Eremozoic Age Lovers is engaged with both the articulation of love in song, and the sixth major decline in biodiversity which is currently underway. Love and ecological catastrophe may appear incongruent with one another, but there are some connections. For instance, we believe in love but we cannot think we know it, whereas, inversely, we know the science involved in our current ecological dilemma, but we cannot believe it. 'Love' and 'ecology' present us with same conundrum regards knowing the world and ourselves, just from different positions. The texts on species decline in Eremozoic Age Lovers are by evolutionary biologist, Edward O Wilson and appear courtesy of the author. As The Cenozoic Era appears to becoming to an end, 'The Eremozoic Age' (or, 'The Age of Loneliness') is the name proposed by Prof Wilson for the coming paleontological age. The name is a provocation of sorts.
Instrumentation: Speaker (two microphones), farfisa organ, ring modulator, reel-to-reel tape machine, choir.
Duration: 18 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by SWR /Grete Pedersen and the SWR Vokalenemble Stuttgart, with special thanks to Edward O Wilson
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