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                     Paradigm Shift: Tapping into the Quantum Field


Paradigm Shift is loosely inspired by a fundamental concept in quantum field theory which wrestles with the various notions of reality: visible vs. invisible, physical vs. non-physical reality, and 0 and 1 reality. The music is partially composed with a virtual instrument called quantum oscillator whereby the different numbers of harmonics, order, and frequencies produce a unique sound wave accordingly. Transitioning from a parochial way of defining visible reality as the only reality, this performance specifically addresses the notion of manipulation of reality by narrative control in the media-saturated world.  The 3D box represents a three-dimensional world where one only lives with limited sensory and understanding of the world shaped by the media. Therefore the person is trapped in a prison cell (seen as a 3-d cube box), blinded by the multitude of worldviews and perceptions. Throughout the performance, the 3-d box captures the view from the live audience seat (audiences are seen inside the box), and it moves and expands, reacting to the live improvisational violin sound in an effort to break free from the 3-dimensional reality and takes a quantum leap to perceive reality in a new dimension and perspective.  The first part of the music thus focuses on the effort to escape (rapid movements and the sound of escaping action), while the second part of the music expresses the release and freedom. Overall, this audio-visual intermedia performance demonstrates the paradigm shift in order to free oneself from the enslavement of parochial perceptions and manipulations of minds.

Credit: technical support and programming by Martin Ritter)   

Performance History:

  • New Music Gathering, Portland State University, Portland, OR, June 22 (2023)

  • New Music on the Bayou Festival, Ruston and Monroe, Lousiana, May 31st- June 2 (2023)

  • SEAMUS, Dimenna Center for Classical Music, NY, NY, April 7-9 (2023)

  •  Performing Media Art Festival, March 9-10, South Bend, IN (2023)

  • Moxonic Festival, Warrensburg, Missouri  March 16-18 (2023)

  • Turn Up Multi-Media Festival, Tucson, Arizona, March 23-26, 2023 

  • Convergence, Music, Technology, De Montford University, Leister, UK, Sept 22-25. (2022)

  • Regional Society of Composers Conference, Nov. Syracuse University (2022)

  • Video-tapped performance (1st version) International Computer Music Conference, Jul 3-9, Limerick, Ireland (2022)

  • Video-tapped performance (1st version) Sound and Music Computing Conference, France, June 10th, 2022










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