THE KAMIKAZE MIND (2013-14)

Soprano, tenor, baritone, flute, clarinet, piano, violin, cello

Commissioned by Chamber Sounds (Singapore)

Duration: 30 minutes

Premiere: 27 August 2014. Singapore.

“If an astronaut falls into a black hole he will be returned to the rest of the universe in the form of radiation. Thus, in a sense, the astronaut will be recycled. However, it would be a poor sort of immortality because any personal concept of time would come to an end ... All that would survive would be his mass or energy.” - Stephen Hawking

 

The Kamikaze Mind documents one such astronaut who launched himself into a black hole. The recovered fragments of his mind have been organized alphabetically. 

 

Allen, R.J. (2006). The Kamikaze Mind. Sydney: Brandl & Schlesinger, p. 9.

 

The Kamikaze Mind is based on the novel of the same title, with kind permission from Richard James Allen.

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