“Brittelle has been drawing from his varied experiences in classical music, punk rock, and electronica to produce silo-bombing music that is at once free-ranging, formally adventurous, unconventionally beautiful, and a joyful thrill to experience.” —The Nation
Using the symbology of our shared past to look forward into an uncertain future of climate change, machine sentience, and the ever-expanding cyber universe, this extraordinary collective debuts the first material generated through the Meta Simulacrum, an interdisciplinary, alternate-reality digital platform designed by composer/producer William Brittelle.
This uniquely collaborative project draws from modern classical, jazz, neo-soul, vaporwave, and experimental rock worlds with recontextualized elements of ’80s sound, with each collaborator contributing core content; its retro-futuristic musical landscape are supercharged by the visionary work of filmmaker Isaac Gale and editor/computer coder Patrick Marschke. An elegy for a lost future, and a de facto embrace of the strange, surreal times ahead.
Featuring Holland Andrews (Like A Villain), Channy Leaneagh (Poliça), Will Johnson (WILLS), Immanuel Wilkins (sax), Ian Chang (percussion), Rafiq Bhatia (guitar), Erika Dohi (synthesizers), Chris Fishman (keys), Jackson Hill (bass), and members of the Cincinnati Symphony.
Commissioned by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Copresented by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, The Great Northern, and the Walker Art Center.
How to View
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View the exclusive online world premiere on Sunday, May 2, 7 pm.
The virtual performance is available to view Sunday, May 2, 7 pm, through Monday, May 3, 11:59 pm. Ticket sales will end on Monday, May 3 at 9 pm. Please note: All times are Central Daylight Time.
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Art + Climate: A two-part performance series
Artists everywhere are finding themselves drawn to confronting the monumental scale of the global climate catastrophe, employing human creativity to process and act on what is clearly in front of us. Two new performance works—theater/filmmaker Josh Fox’s The Truth Has Changed (2021 Edition) and composer William Brittelle’s The Meta Simulacrum Vol. 1—both in partnership with the Great Northern—mourn futures already lost, insist on environmental justice, and reimagine new ways to live less destructively.