2020-01-22T23:23:31Z (GMT) by Cat Hope

Musk (2019)

for large ensemble.

Commissioned by HMFT, Hamburg.

The world premiere performance took place on the 25th of May 2019 as part of the "SYMPHONIE IM ST. PAULI ELBTUNNEL" project coordinated by the Hochschule fur Musik and Theatre (HMFT) Hamburg, Germany and featured in a program alongside works by Alvin Curran, Dong Zhou, Benjamin Won, James Cheung and Shing-Kwei Tzeng.

The work is for 144 musicians spread along the Elb Tunnel.

This piece imagines a comparison between the Elbe Tunnel in Hamburg, Germany and the more recent Elon Musk tunnel experiments in Los Angeles, USA. As the Elbe tunnel was intended in 1911, the proposed Musk tunnel system is designed to send cars underground to travel in tunnels, but to avoid the 'chaos above'. Musk's dedicated tunnel making company, The Boring Company, created the first tunnel in late 2018, and tested it with Musk's Telsa electric cars. The tunnels are oddly both connected to cinema – the Elbe tunnel was featured in the 1970s film ‘The Odessa File’ and Musk’s first tunnel is named 'Godot'. The piece ruminates on these comparisons, and begins in the middle of the tunnel, exploring how sound can travel in directions different to those for which it was designed.