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The music of earthquakes and Earthquake Quartet #1

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Abstract

Earthquake Quartet #1, my composition for voice, trombone, cello, and seismograms, is the intersection of listening to earthquakes as a seismologist and performing music as a trombonist. Along the way, I realized there is a close relationship between what I do as a scientist and what I do as a musician. A musician controls the source of the sound and the path it travels through their instrument in order to make sound waves that we hear as music. An earthquake is the source of waves that travel along a path through the earth until reaching us as shaking. It is almost as if the earth is a musician and people, including seismologists, are metaphorically listening and trying to understand what the music means.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
Title:
The music of earthquakes and Earthquake Quartet #1
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English; Polish
Publisher:
Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art
Publisher location:
Gdańsk,Poland
Contributing office(s):
Earthquake Science Center
Description:
26 p.
Larger Work Type:
Book
Larger Work Subtype:
Other Government Series
Larger Work Title:
Konrad Smolenski�s S.T.R.H.
First page:
52
Last page:
77