DONGRYUL LEE


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LUMINARIUM (2017–, work in progress,) study excerpts 

Music by Dongryul Lee
Libretto by Nathan Christensen / Alexander Shakar
based on the original novel, LUMINARIUM by Alexander Shakar


“Here in your brain”
2017 Contemporary Performance Institute Fellows:
Amber Evans, Soprano / Yvonne Chen, Piano

Lyrics
Here in your brain,
The parietal lobes
Are working and working,
Working and working
To orient yourself within physical space,
To know where you are
And where you are not,
To know where you end
And everything else begins.

But we have applied
Electromagnetic signals.
Electromagnetic signals
To block the sensory data.
Electromagnetic signals
To block the sensory data
That’s streaming into your brain



“Session I: Complexo (Embrace)”
Timothy Bostwick, Fred
Illinois Modern Ensemble
Stephen Andrew Taylor, conductor
December, 2017

Lyrics
Hilarious.
Pathetic.
What was I expecting?
"Tweaked up Burgerking crown on my head. This must be one of those power of suggestion experiment."
This chair, there’s a tear in the vinyl right under my hand
There’s far more as bestos than science here
“Did I think I would shuffle in here, slope-shouldered, head under a cloud, and stride back out”
Transfigured, bathed in epiphany?
And what is that sound?
Like screaming, like steam streaming out!