Horror Vacui (excerpt) by Cody Brookshire published on 2017-06-26T01:43:05Z for concert band Latin for 'fear of empty space', horror vacui is a term used to describe the total saturation of a surface or space with intricate detail, where an artist has filled in every gap with lines, designs, patterns, and ornamentation. The term originated as a way to characterize the smothering atmosphere and jumble of interior designs in the Victorian Age, but these traits can be seen in many styles of art ranging from ancient Arabesque Islamic art, to Grecian art of the Geometric Age, to the pop surrealism style, and even seen in the "Where's Waldo?" children's illustration books. Artwork with this quality entrances me, and with this work I've made horror vacui into an audible expedition. Growing from a minimalist framework of a consistent pulse, empty aural space is filled-in horizontally between beats via syncopation and triplets and vertically with expanding harmonies and extreme ranges and registers of melodies. Lines that weave over the texture, pointillistic stabs, quick flourishes, and repetitive patterns also contribute to the obsessive horror vacui trait. The mood of the music throughout the work varies as much as the visual styles that it can be found in, ranging from optimistic and humorous, to anxious and sinister. - - - - - - - Excerpt of Recording from Reading Session, Fall 2013 Not yet premiered.