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Sparks of Union Samandari, Farshid


This document delves into the precept of unity in diversity from a musical perspective, in order to replace the timeworn aesthetic norms with ones that may induce a music befitting the fabric of our contemporary global village. It deals with the contemporary musical zeitgeist from this perspective and examines the transformations in musical substance derived from the copious changes in dissemination since the information revolution. It also presents Sparks of Union, a 20-minute composition for ten Western instruments and interactive electronics. This composition aims to focus on different musical languages in search of polarizing and uniting elements, and explores free interactions between the different musical elements. As a result it strives to create new sonorities derived from a fully democratic multicultural interaction.

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