Carbon Song Cycle / Roulette, Brooklyn / November 20 2013


Carbon Song Cycle at Roulette Brooklyn, New York,  Wednesday, November 20, 2013 / 8 pm. 

Carbon Song Cycle is a multimedia chamber work by composer/performer Pamela Z and  artist Christina McPhee. The work, scored for voice & electronics, bassoon, viola, cello, percussion, and multi-channel video, includes texts, melodic motifs and images derived from scientific data concerning the carbon cycle, and stories related to environmental balance and imbalance.
Christina McPhee, video composition, including montage,  animation. and expanded cinema set design/live drawing performance

Pamela Z, voice & electronics

Dana Jessen, bassoon
Charith Premawardhana, viola
Marika Hughes, cello & voice
Russell Greenberg, percussions

Drew Detweiler, expanded cinema set design technician


Carbon Song Cycle is a performance work for multi-screen cinema, voice, electronics and chamber ensemble.



Carbon is the dynamic signature of life. Plants, algae and other life forms convert carbon through photosynthesis to oxygen, as humans and animals consume oxygen, releasing carbon through respiration and decay. The cycle involves sequestration and release of carbon and related greenhouse gasses through reservoirs, or ‘sinks’– the ocean, the atmosphere, and the land mass. Human consumption of fossil fuels continues to release too much carbon compound gasses, overwhelming the sinks. Saturations both local and systemic are disrupting the carbon cycle’s system of flows.

The song cycle is a Romantic form, describing a journey, often personal and spiritual, in a landscape. As in the tradition of live concerts for screenings in the silent film era, the visual and sound scores are performed together as two layers without being written ‘to’ each other. Aleatory effects, and chance operations trace the disruptive and generative forces unleashed by climate change.



performance / expanded cinema and chamber ensemble/ Christina McPhee and Pamela Z


Carbon A Drawing / clip on Vimeo / link here:

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