Making Tellus: Sketches of a Cosmogram for the Anthropocene is a 55-minute multimedia, performance piece incorporating music, kinetic sound sculpture, video projection, and fashion that addresses the topic of the Anthropocene. This reinterpretation of the traditional “cantata” is scored for bass voice, female vocal trio, mixed chamber ensemble and electronics; it narrates the sonic/visual timeline of the human role in changing the geology of the Earth.
Imagine collecting an ice-core sample from a glacier. This cross-section of frozen water contains thousands of years of information –data used to create a climactic record of Earth. Scientists become chroniclers as they discover and tell the story of our planet.
In Making Tellus: Sketches of a Cosmogram for the Anthropocene we harvest a metaphorical core-sample of human time. This crosssection becomes a cosmogram, a mandala, that narrates the mythological, scientific, literary, and socio-political conversations that have led to an awareness of our new geologic epoch – the Anthropocene. Our piece visits a wide swathe of texts from the Bible to research papers, from Antonio Stoppani’s 1873 Corso di Geologia to #Anthropocene tweets. This temporal juxtaposition creates a dialogue between the past and current ideas regarding the notion that humankind is now directly sculpting the geology of Earth. Welcome to our evening-length, multi-media performance piece: a collaboration and labor of love between composer Nina C. Young, bass vocalist Andrew R. Munn, and collaborative artist-pianist Sugar Vendil of the Nouveau Classical Project.