Scored for chamber orchestra and four remote string quartets, 'Latency Canons' makes innovative expressive use of video chat technology, and uses the Internet's instabilities and delays as the piece’s very polyphonic factors. Ensembles in different places around the world play simple lines together, using ordinary chat software, and the random blips and delays themselves create a counterpoint of unexpected relationships; a [beautiful] polyphonic swirl unfolds as music arrives from all around. Together with the sonic granulation from the software, the music takes on a cavernous quality that is strangely evocative, as if musicians are coming together in a huge digital cathedral that stretches around the globe.
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RAYMOND LUSTIG was born in Tokyo and raised in Queens, New York and received his B.A. from Holy Cross College where he pursued his interests in music and the sciences. He studied cell division, the cell skeleton, and cell polarity at Columbia University and Massachusetts General Hospital before beginning his graduate studies in composition at Juilliard, where he completed his MM and DMA degrees. He currently teaches theory and composition at the Juilliard School.