Swift for MAZE and Utopa Organ

One of the inspirations for this piece is the Common Swift, a bird that in its lifetime flies about two million kilometers and can shut off one half of their brain to go into unihemispheric sleep while flying. Except when nesting, they spend their lives in the air, living on the insects caught in flight. They drink, feed, and mate and sleep on the wing. They are the swiftest of all birds in level flight and are able to fly 170 km per hour or more. Swifts mate for life and the females and males look alike.

The composition Swift will be premiered on 6 February 2021 at the Amsterdam Orgelpark. It is for the MAZE ensemble and the Utopa Organ which can be played remotely using OSC.

This is the article that I wrote as part of a research team that proposed electro-acoustic possibilities for the Utopa Organ: Proximity and Communication with the New Baroque Organ.

This is what the inside of the organ looks like. My plan is to put lots of little speakers and microphones and me inside the organ.

I will update this page as my research and creation process continues.