Unnoticed Episodes of Seduction, Cannibalism and Desperation on an Otherwise Perfectly Enjoyable Summer Evening

Unnoticed Episodes of Seduction, Cannibalism and Desperation on an Otherwise Perfectly Enjoyable Summer Evening is an open-instrument meditation to video on the secret life of fireflies. A field of fireflies on a Midwestern summer night can be somewhat hypnotic -- hundreds of gently ascending pulses of that familiar orange-yellow glow combining together in a delicately undulating ocean of nostalgic calm until night falls and the last light goes out. For human participants, the experience is calming, almost meditative.

For fireflies, the experience is somewhat different. A field of lightning bugs is actually a biological disco of desperate males determined to attract the invitation of a willing mate. On a given night, only about one in eight males find what they're looking for. Some are lured by deceptive females and eaten.  

This piece can be performed by any number of musicians, but the best results happen when there are between 8 - 14 people. Despite the fact that this is my most-performed piece, and one of my oldest, there is no performance recording of the work. The video below does not contain instrument sounds, only nature.

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