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A Music Theatre Piece in Two Acts.
Duration: 90 minutes



RITUAL:

Ritual and Evolutionary necessity merge. Evolutionary necessity encompasses a series of pre-determined actions all leading to a pre-determined goal. Ritual encompasses a series of pre-determined actions all intended to lead to a pre-determined catharsis. We now make the link of stating that everything in our environment, both natural and man made, is leading to a pre-determined end. Thus all is a ritual of evolutionary necessity.

Now the point is whether this is natural or man made. Here lies the suggestiveness of the production and its back story.


THE PERFORMANCE:

The ensemble will consist of koto, recorder, counter-tenor and tenor; reinforced by the Schreck Ensemble: clarinet (double bass, bass and b-flat), violin, soprano and theremin, whose history of outstanding modern music performances completes and complements the above quartet. Live-electronics and synthesized sounds will be part of the musical language.


DEFINITIONS:

Emergence implies that properties or programs appear on their own, often developing in ways not anticipated by the person who created the simulation. Structures that lead to emergence typically involve complex feedback loops in which the output of a system is repeatedly fed back in as input. As the recursive looping continues, small deviations can quickly become magnified, leading to the complex interactions and unpredictable evolutions associated with emergence. The narrative about the present and future of terrestrial evolution comprises the third level. It is constituted through speculations on the relation of human beings to their silicon cousins, the 'creatures' who live inside the computer.
FutureNatural, Narratives of artificial life, p. 147

Transhuman: We are transhuman to the extent that we seek to become posthuman and take action to prepare for a posthuman future. This involves learning about and making use of new technologies that can increase our capacities and life expectancy, questioning common assumptions, and transforming ourselves ready for the future, rising above outmoded human beliefs and behaviours.

Transhumanism: Philosophies of life (such as the Extropian philosophy) that seek the continuation and acceleration of the evolution of intelligent life beyond its currently human form and limits by means of science an technology, guided by life-promoting principles and values, while avoiding religion and dogma.

Posthuman: Posthumans will be persons of unprecedented physical, intellectual, and psychological ability, self-programming and self-defining, potentially immortal, unlimited individuals. Posthumans have overcome the biological, neurological and psychological constraints evolved into humans. Extropians believe that the best strategy for attaining posthumanity to be a combination of technology and determination, rather than looking for it through psychic contacts or extraterrestrial or divine gifts.
Posthumans may be partly or mostly biological in form, but will likely be partly or wholly post-biological - out personalities having been transferred 'into more durable, modifiable, and faster, and more powerful bodies and thinking hardware. Some of the technologies that we currently expect to play a role in allowing us to become posthuman include genetic engineering, neural-computer integration, molecular nanotechnology, and cognitive sciences.
FutureNatural, Posthuman Unbounded, p. 171

Neoteny: ..So why has the human artifact stayed back there with the flintlock? I am advancing a theory that we were not designed to remain in our present state, any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole forever.
The human organism is in a state of neoteny. This is a biological term used to describe an organism fixated at what would normally be a larval or transitional phase. Ordinarily a salamander starts its life cycle in the water with gills; later the gills atropy, and the animal develops lungs. However, certain salamanders never lose their gills or leave the water. They are in a state neoteny. The Xolotl salmander found in Mexico is an example. Scientists, moved by the plight of this beauriful creature, gave him an injection of hormones, whereupon he shed his gills and left the water after ages of neoteny. It is perhaps too much to hope that one simple injection could jar the human species out of its neoteny. But by whatever means the change takes place, it will be irreversible. The Xolotl, once he sheds his gills, can never reclaim them. Evolution would seem to be a one way street.
The Adding Machine, p. 125, William Burroughs

NeuroPlatiscity: Neuro is for "neuron", the nerve cells in our brains and nervous systems. Plastic is for "changeable, malleable, modifiable." .One of these scientists even showed that thinking, learning, and acting can turn our genes on or off, thus shaping our brain anatomy and our behavior - surely one of the most extraordinary discoveries of the twentieth century.
The Brain That Changes Itself, preface, Norman Doidge M.D.

See :
FutureNatural, Anthology
Robot, Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind, Hans Moravec
N, The Classical Theatre of Japan, Donald Keene
The Gnostic Religion, Hans Jonas
Theremin, Ether Music and Espionage, Albert Glinsky
The Adding Machine, William Burroughs
The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge, M.D.

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