Latin for “time flies,” Tempus
As Spring 2019 marches forward from late winter, works composed during the past five years represent a retrospective celebration of my 2013 graduation with the inaugural class of MFA in Music Composition students at Vermont College of Fine Arts; and this post serves as a dedication to this excellent program and its graduates, students, faculty, and administration. Here first, Tempus fugit, is available in this binaural realm for personal headphone listening.
So get comfortable, dim the lights, close your eyes, and imagine time compressed in space through sound.
“Tempus fugit” is a sonic depiction of its meaning translated from Latin, “time flees” or “time flies.” This text can be found in multiple sources, both secular and sacred, as evidence of humankind’s journey to reconcile the inevitability of death with the meaning of life. Musically, “Tempus” unveils sound masses as points, lines, and planes that disperse throughout space, much like the moments, pathways, and destinies of human beings.