The Warning Lights Are Blinking Red is scored for solo marimba with audio track and was written for Nežka Prosenjak, winner of the 2018 MalletLab International Online Competition. Sheet music is now available here.
I wrote The Warning Lights Are Blinking Red shortly after revisiting George Orwell’s novel, “1984”. Given the political situation we currently find ourselves in, this line in the book was particularly poignant: “The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” With Warning Lights, I wanted to create something chaotic and tense, something that captures the manic state of our political climate. The piece is a point of departure for me in terms of compositional process and sound, and also in terms of technical and rhythmic difficulty.