Performed by Joann Cho and Victor Ngo at Northwestern Student Composers Concert, Wednesday March 5th 2008 at 7:30 PM.
Program notes for the event:
30 Memories of Northwestern was written in 2002, immediately after the completion of my first year at Northwestern University. I was leaving the school for an undetermined amount of time, and this piece was an attempt to sum up the incredible experience I had while attending the School of Music. In two books of 15 'memories' a piece, each page consists of a chord which represents (in a most abstract form) a particular event during that year. The static nature of the work as a whole was meant to reflect the seeming lull of day-to-day life; however, each event changed me in a fundamental way, and in that same way the chord slowly evolves throughout the piece. Tonight's performance is an abridged version of only Book 1; a full performance of the two books should last between 60 and 80 minutes.
Below are two paintings that I created at the same time I was writing the music. There is direct correlation between the form and shapes of each medium. I had also written an essay about their connections for a class I was in at the time, but that seems to be gone from me.