Bird Mansion - for String Quartet and Electronics [Demo] by Michael Genese published on 2019-04-03T01:27:04Z Bird Mansion - for String Quartet and Electronics [Demo Track] Violins, Viola, and Cello tracked by the composer The “Bird Mansion” was the name of my apartment in Tiverton, Rhode Island. It got its name from the insanely large amount of birds always singing throughout the surrounding woods. The apartment was a fantastic creative space, and it felt like you could create a new universe in there. Calling it a birdhouse wasn’t really appropriate. This piece is about all of the “songs” we sing as the verbal, non-verbal, or musical birds we all are. It’s a celebration of the chorale. A celebration of being impactful. I saw my students, ensembles, and compositions blossom while living in the Bird Mansion, and had given thought to how much influence each person's actions and choices have in the world. The piece’s atmosphere turns on a dime from baroque to inter-stellar, it soars and tumbles through struggle and curiosity The piece ends with waves of electronics, and the birdsong becomes difficult to distinguish from the instruments. This climaxes to what I’ve dubbed “the chaconne of impact,” shoving out relentless accented chords, filling the space with memories, and singers of songs. As the impact-ing reaches completion, there is a singular bird, and a take-off.