The Machine Awakes is the sound of something not human (but of humans hands) – something not entirely organic, but most definitely alive – waking up for the first time. From the opening swirling textures, we sense the first hesitant sparks of thought, attempting to find form and coherence. This new machine – sentient, aware – comes fully awake, possessed of emphatic self-determination and unfathomable purpose.
The electronics for this work are triggered from a computer (Macintosh or Windows) via a self-contained program, freely downloadable from this website, or from an iPhone/iPad/Android device, using the apps available on the Apple App Store ($0.99) and Google Play store ($0.99).
Commissioned by: Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras
15 December 2013, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras Debut Orchestra, Terrance Gray, conductor.