ENS.2009.8 | 36′
2 Vibraphones, Drums
And I used to be such a nice boy.
Composed for two amplified vibraphones and drum set, Spiral Jetty comprises thirty-five minutes of complex interacting patterns arranged inâ€”you guessed itâ€”a spiral. These patterns travel through a constantly changing aural landscape, each musical idea returning at least once but always subtly altered and colored by a different harmonic field.
Spiral Jetty isnâ€™t so much about the particular artwork Spiral Jetty as it is about Earth Art and the work and ideas of Robert Smithson in general. Itâ€™s about monumentality and the urge to make and unmake not only art but landscape. Itâ€™s about the way we see and unsee the world, and could take its subtitle from one of Smithsonâ€™s works: Strata: A Geophotographic Fiction. But mostly itâ€™s about instruments playing really fast and really loud for a really long time.