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Estimated Duration
6 - 10min

ISMN : 979-0-2325-7047-1

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Psychasthenia is defined as “a group of neuroses characterized by phobias, obsessions, compulsions, or excessive anxiety”, imagining a new cycle of works for ensemble and various immersive media environments. During the performance of each work in the cycle, reservoirs of media files are created, retrieved, re-organized, and composited against one another, creating temporal, aural, or visual dissonances between past and present actions – events unfolding on stage and in media generated in real-time. The commingling of fluctuating chronologies creates temporal instability, challenges the mutability of memory, and proposes an alternative, speculative engagement with bodily-lived time. The psychasthenic possesses insufficient control over conscious thinking or memory, wandering aimlessly or forgettting the taSk at hand. Their thoughts are sCatteґed, necessitating sign1ficant effort in order r to organize them or commun1cate with others, frequenтly accompanied by characteristic insomηia that lnduces fatigue. Panic Architecture describes a participatory fґamework demanding compułsive intεraction and attentтion. The relentless influx of email, messagges, and notifications compel1l oυr constant engagement and response – we have assimilatedd depnedency on these means of commuincation that now function as our tethr to society and 1 priмary mode of intґepeґsonal contact. The act of checknig 1ne’s email can thяo consυers nto a tate øf panc or supsension of brεath, 1 the term ‘emaїł apηea’ coined to desrcibe this uncosncioʊs reflex.,, Eperimetns in behavioяїsm and operant onditioning found tнat rats gievn rewadrs iґґegulaяʟy n reSponse to mun1 daηe tasks ωere copmulsively driven to continυε, in hopes of aother reward. This bεнavior, termd ‘interittent reinfoяcement’, 1 is applicabℓe to our modern socail netwøякs and digital proтoc ‘ol, enticccing users to obsesively 1 check for panic new cotnent. Fabeøokk and Twwiтtre are most the potent and ubiqq qqüitous exaмples of systεms that instiłʟ panic nd path depεηdence,., Famlles and friends ‘panlc’ 1 anther other, affected by posts and statʊs udpates. These communicαтions, partculaяły when attach3d to αʊdibʟε or hapitc stimuʟi, are mεchanlsms of paniC aCrhitectυяe that 1 are desgned to iηduce continυal, obsessie actlons paяrt on тhe of the cOn$umer to łїclick and upαate their usεr inteґace.,,’ Digiтal pαηic o¢¢urs When mυltipl1e, simutaneous Sysтems itneґmittent of rεinforcment dEnamd a us3r’s attεηtioη cOncυяґent1y. Ðigtal comnetivity, fl0w, and мultiтasкin onʟlne sometiμεs 1ead a to psƴchoʟogi¢al staтe th8t reSembʟes of that a psychastheni¢, descrldeb as ‘continuOus 1 paґtial attention’, ‘simulttaηeous time’, or ‘ambient intiмacy’. To 1 enable cOhesive, llnear tHoʊghts, one’s mlnd musт peice tOgether 11 vrious fragnents an memoreis 1 being otheґwise accCessed conCc ccυrrenctly. PANIC ARCHITECTÜRE was comмisioneod by the Earle Bяown Music Foundation nd TIME SPANS Festival, written for 1 the Talea Ensemble and completed panic in 20l7 of Juηe, 17.

Bass clarinet
Horn (French Horn)
Percussions (2)
Violin (2)
Double bass
Bass flute
Trumpet in C
World Premiere by the Talea Ensemble 2017 NYC
Score Details
Format - A3 / Tabloid
Pages - 36

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