Dorothy Hindman, Composer

Untitled V

percussion quartet
dur: 7:30

My recent work deals with covering and uncovering the past.  Can we erase the past? Can we atone for our mistakes?  Can we see ourselves as others see us?  How do we reconcile who we were with who we are, and what we’ve learned?  How do we move forward, confronted with the past in our present? 

Shadow of My Former Self is a collection of works begun in 2019 exploring these and other questions about our relationships with ourselves and with others: what we seclude, what we own, and what we reveal. 

In Untitled V, I digitally processed and transformed a recording of one of my past works using spectral manipulation and reverb to imply distance.  I then superposed the original recording onto the processed recording in 180o phase, attempting to “erase” the original piece, or the memory of that which I once was.  Lastly, I transcribed the leftover ephemera/remnants to create a new piece from the ashes, a musical shadow of the troubled past that defines me, and that I carry with me in the present, that others do not see. 

Untitled V was written for the Percussion Collective] in 2021.

Virtual Premiere:
The Percussion Collective
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Frost New Music Festival
Frost School of Music
University of Miami
Coral Gables