The Dust Moves

by Dan Blake with Mivos Quartet

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The Dust Moves is based on a story found in Buddhist scripture in which a monk recounts his enlightenment as occurring after seeing dust floating in a door frame bathed in light. Realizing the stillness that surrounded that dust, he reports to the gathering of other monks: “what is clear and still is called space, and what moves is called dust. The word ‘dust,’ then, means ‘that which moves.” (Shurangama Sutra, 2:18)

This profound imagining of stillness around and within motion is a guiding metaphor for The Dust Moves, which presents a series of simple and introspective animations that are narrated and developed by a highly interactive and genre-bending score. The Dust Moves was made possible by a grant from the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation. Additional support was provided by New Music USA’s Composer Assistance Program.

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released January 15, 2016

All music and images by Dan Blake, © 2015 Dabla Music (ASCAP), all rights reserved.

Artist photo credit: Irina Rozovsky
Graphic Design: Yuri Zupancic

Personnel:
Dan Blake, saxophones, composer, animations; Mivos Quartet: Olivia De Prato, Joshua Modney (violin); Victor Lowrie (viola); Mariel Roberts (violoncello); David Waite Martinson (video performer)

Recorded at Roulette, Brooklyn, NY, December 8, 2013
Audio engineer, Stephen Cooper
Filmed by Ross Karre Arts Documentation
Mixed by Philip White
Mastered by Ross Karre
Published by Dabla Music (ASCAP)

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