piano (2004)

Subtitled, “A Fantasy on Metropolis.” In Fritz Lang’s 1927 movie, Metropolis, a future humanity is divided into workers and thinkers. Reflecting some of the movie’s sensibilities, Utopiano begins with automaton-like rhythms that are later displaced by friendlier counter-themes. After trading thematic material, the two disparate entities eventually commingle. Still, there is an underlying slightly sinister current of Utopia-no! to the piece. The current recording is Midi.