Posted on May 1, 2011
Madelyn Byrne/Lily Glass
Madelyn Byrne, composer Lily Glass, video artist
In this piece travel serves as a metaphor for self-discovery, or its opposite – distraction. The sounds of travel and introspection – including traffic, trains, planes, breath, rain, and voice – are juxtaposed and eventually integrated. This piece explores the ongoing and multifaceted process of self-discovery and living with integrity. The song-like theme of Arrival is explored in four sections. Section A is introspective, section B makes use of homeland security announcements as a metaphor for manufactured fear, C is a peaceful resolution to the previous sections, and D is an optimistic projection forward.
Madelyn Byrne is an active composer whose work frequently combines acoustic instruments with computer-generated sounds. Some compositions in this area include For ANWR (commissioned by Yoon Jeong Heo), Rain, Sea, and Sky (commissioned by the NOISE Ensemble), and Dream Tableaux (commissioned by Colin McAllister). Past honors include ASCAPlus Awards, honorable mention in the “Suoni di Legno” competition, winner of the Friends and Enemies of New Music Composition Competition, and recordings on CRI (New World), Innova, and Everglade Records. Madelyn’s music has also been selected for a wide range of new music festivals and she been a guest composer at Columbia University’s Computer Music Center. Madelyn is currently on the faculty of Palomar College. http://www.madelynbyrne.com/