• UnBalanced Connection, University of Florida, 10/26/12
• Digital Worlds Institute, University of Florida, 12/4/12
Simoom is named for a type of short and intense wind that blows through the Sahara and Middle East. It is derived from the Arabic word for poison.
Simoom began as a work for alto flute and fixed media, written in the fall of 2010. In the summer of 2011 I revised the flute part significantly, but the flutist for whom I wrote it, Carla Rees, lost all of her instruments in the 2011 London riots. Carla is gradually rebuilding her arsenal and getting back into performing, so hopefully we will hear that version soon.
In summer of 2012 I had an idea for an alternate use of the fixed media part: incorporated into a short, minimalist video. For this, I edited out about two minutes of the original piece, while still retaining the original ABA form. The video was shot in one take, with some color enhancement made later. I shot the video by turning the camera sideways and filming steam rising from a boiling pot, in front of a plastic cutting board.