Aporia (2018)

wind quintet

*Premiered by colleagues at the 2018 soundSCAPE festival

Composer's note:

Aporia (n): “a difficulty encountered in establishing the truth of a proposition, created by the presence of evidence both for and against it. The Oxford English Dictionary includes two forms of the word: the adjective "aporetic", which it defines as "to be at a loss", "impassable", and "inclined to doubt, or to raise objections"; and the noun form "aporia", which it defines as the "state of the aporetic" and "a perplexity or difficulty.” 

“Post-truth politics is a political culture in which debate is framed largely by appeals to emotion disconnected from the details of policy, and by the repeated assertion of talking points to which factual rebuttals are ignored.”

“In 2016, post-truth was chosen as the Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year. The concept of post-truth has been in existence for the past decade, but Oxford Dictionaries has seen a spike in frequency this year in the context of the EU referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States.”

It’s all an absurd, off-kilter circus.