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Coacervate

Violin and Electronics

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Certain mixtures of polyelectrolytes can spontaneously form dense liquid droplets (called coacervates) suspended in water (dilute phase). These liquid droplets are often filled with complex molecules, proteins, polymers, and nucleic acids. Coacervate formation has been suggested as a possible mechanism through which the first simple cells formed on earth (Abiogenesis). In composing Coacervate, I worked closely with violinist and chemical engineer Chelsea Edwards to create a sonic narrative from this chemistry. Distinct musical motives are inserted into dilute textures where they compartmentalize, chain together like charged polymers, and erupt into the beginnings of life.

Awards & Recognition:

1st Prize - Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Awards 2021

Performances

2021-09-23
Chelsea Edwards
Visiones Sonoras (Online)
in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico

2021-08-28
Chelsea Edwards
2021 SCI National Student Conference (Online)

2021-06-04
Chelsea Edwards
Synesthesias - New Music at UCSB 2: Graduates (Online)
in Santa Barbara, CA

2021-04-25
Chelsea Edwards
SEAMUS 2021 National Conference (Online)

2020-12-08
Chelsea Edwards
ECM Concert (Online)
in Santa Barbara, CA

Sample of Score

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