Four Toilers


“In burnt fields following spring fires,
drought grips the hard-land
with grey hands that must be pried from
flowered sheets stiff with fearsome sweat.

In this pastoral desolation, monks
chant the dry hours. Their long, cowled heads
pray over flapping pages of dirt and weed
as the eternal wheel spins behind their knees

and a long, taut cable keeps the measure of beats
binding each monk’s brain to a hole in the ground:

Rock petrus petrol

Petrus rock petrol

Petrol  petrus rock

hear us.”

© 2011 David A. Welch

Premiered by Continuum February 10, 2013

Scott Smallwood US/CA

Scott Smallwood is a sound artist, composer, and performer who creates works inspired by discovered textures and forms, through a practice of listening, field recording, and sonic improvisation.  He designs experimental electronic instruments and software, as well as sound installations and site-specific performance scenarios.  He performs as one half of the laptop/electronic duo Evidence (with Stephan Moore) and has performed with Seth Cluett, Curtis Bahn, Mark Dresser, Cor Fuhler, John Butcher, Pauline Oliveros, and many others.  He has written acoustic and electroacoustic works for a variety of ensembles, most recently for the Catch Electric Guitar quartet, the New York Virtuoso Singers, the Nash Ensemble of London, and the Princeton Laptop Orchestra.  Smallwood currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he teaches Composition, Improvisation, and Electroacoustic music at the University of Alberta.

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Scott Smallwood