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In 2005, composer Lewis Spratlan and I began work on an opera inspired by Louis Kahn. Kahn, who excelled in music and once considered becoming a composer, was especially cognizant of how sound works in a physical space. “Space has tonality,” he often said. Kallick, a professor of music at Amherst College, made recordings of the “acoustic envelope” at several Kahn buildings, which were employed in composing the work’s prelude and interludes.
Key elements from Spratlan’s music were integrated into this electro-acoustic music, creating a seamless connection between the narrative world of the characters and the sounding spaces that ﬁlled their dreams. Opening in the ruins of Rome and ending with the healing waters at Kahn’s Salk Institute, ARCHITECT: A Chamber Opera narrates the dramatic arc of Kahn’s journey from dreamer to master builder.
Supplemental- 2009 During an artist residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Jarrod Barker’s electro-acoustic music created there included sonic captures and surface performances from Vista’s elevator (Elevator Music), the Ceramic Sculpture department ‘washing sinks’, on campus road construction (Sherman2) and a live capture of a campus Fire drill. Some of these unreleased recordings are posted here for the first time-