‘Droid: New Mu­sic for Flute and Gui­tar’

Hinck com­po­si­tion pre­mieres tonight

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The flute-gui­tar in­stru­men­ta­tion of “Droid: New Mu­sic for Flute and Gui­tar” calls to mind pas­toral seren­ity, while the ti­tle might evoke im­ages of Star Wars’ C-3PO and R2-D2’s beeps and whis­tles.

“The piece def­i­nitely plays off that slightly con­fus­ing, amus­ing di­chotomy of high-tech ti­tle and pas­toral sound,” says com­poser Tim Hinck.

“My thought was ba­si­cally to go back to the real en­to­mol­ogy of droid, which is short for an­droid, which is a sci-fi ex­per­i­ment of repli­cat­ing hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence that is now com­ing into the realm of pos­si­bil­ity. An an­droid is ba­si­cally an art­work that is try­ing to re-cre­ate and de­fine what it means to be hu­man. In repli­cat­ing hu­man char­ac­ter­is­tics you are also defin­ing what it means to be hu­man. I find that re­ally in­ter­est­ing.

“That’s what the core of the piece is about. It’s not so much fix­at­ing on the tech­nol­ogy of what an an­droid might be as it is the re­al­ity of the hu­man­ity it is copy­ing.”

“Droid: New Mu­sic for Flute and Gui­tar” will high­light a con­cert tonight, Nov. 29, hosted by Gui­tar-Chat­tanooga at Bark­ing Legs The­ater. The pro­gram of mu­sic from the 20th and 21st cen­turies is for clas­si­cal gui­tar and mu­si­cians. Those in­stru­men­tal­ists will in­clude Michael McCal­lie, Mary Neel, Ale­jan­dro Ol­son, Bry­ony Stroud-Wat­son, Hinck and Kayoko Dan.

McCal­lie and Dan will per­form Hink’s piece.

“Droid” is the fourth in a se­ries of orig­i­nal pieces that Hinck has been com­mis­sioned to write over the last year. Hinck calls the se­ries Ter­raform.

“Ter­raform is a sci- fi term as well,” says Hinck. “A term for try­ing to re-cre­ate a hab­it­able Earth-like place in an­other world. I’m not a big sci-fi fan, I read some grow­ing up. I’m com­ing at this more in the in­ter­est of hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence than sci-fi. I’m drawn to it not from the tech­nol­ogy stand­point, but the hu­man, the artist’s, stand­point.”

The first com­mis­sion in Ter­raform was a work for so­prano and mixed ensem­ble that he called “Ter­raform 1: Brook.” “Ter­raform II: Sand­stone” was for solo pian­ist. “Ter­raform III: Four thirty-four Buehler’s Mar­ket” pre­miered at Juil­liard School in New York.

McCal­lie and Dan, Chat­tanooga Sym­phony & Opera con­duc­tor who also plays flute, will per­form “Ter­raform IV: Droid.” Hinck says the work has five move­ments, but they flow so seam­lessly into each other that it is some­times dif­fi­cult to dis­tin­guish where one ends and the other be­gins.

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The fourth work in Tim Hinck’s Ter­raform se­ries, “Droid: New Mu­sic for Flute and Gui­tar,” will be pre­sented tonight at Bark­ing Legs The­ater.

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