For the first time in my career, I have decided to publicly document the creation of a new electroacoustic work. Fascinated and concerned by the tragic events surrounding the Fukushima nuclear disaster, I have recently thought that one of the reasons for my interest may be that I have survived cancer of the thyroid gland – radioactive iodine is thought to contribute to this type of cancer. When I was initially diagnosed, the first question that I was asked by my ENT doctor was, “Did you visit Chernobyl in the past?”. I was surprised and answered, “No!”, but in retrospect, I was in Europe in the early 90s, though far from the Ukraine. And so for the past 3 years I have been keeping an eye on the goings-on in Fukushima, particularly Iori Mochizuki’s incredible Fukushima Diary (no better source of news about the disaster). Yet only recently did I decide to make an electroacoustic piece about it, to express some of my feelings, albeit in an abstract fashion. I’ve begun reading Swiss author Daniel de Roulet‘s novel, Le démantelement du coeur (the break up of the heart). De Roulet, with his experience in architecture, computer and nuclear engineering, brings serious scientific credentials to this fictional work about two characters whose life is greatly affected by the incident. I am also watching a number of documentaries, collecting articles, etc.
Musically, I will be experimenting with my analog synthesizers, to try to convey some of my impressions/feelings about this momentous event. Over the next few months, I will regularly post work-in-progress, sketches, with an aim to complete a 10-15 minute piece by the early Fall of this year. For updated information on what is going on at Fukushima, click on the following link: http://fukushima-diary.com