Adam Mirza

WOOD for cello and live electronics

Wood is part of a series of multimedia compositions based on the prose poetry of Rimona Afana. Her text takes the perspective of a wooden chair, to which I conjoin another manufactured wooden object: a cello, whose sound is dis/trans-figured, rendered artificial-beautiful through electronic processing.

I am working with cellist Jason Calloway on this composition. In the audio documentation here of our first attempt (Miami, May 2019), it is Jason’s voice that reads the text, the samples of which I triggered in real-time during the performance while also processing the live audio of the cello with Max MSP.