The Persistence of Time and Memory is an acousmatic composition in six movements that is inspired both by Salvador Dali’s painting The Persistence of Memory and contemporary theories of time, perception and cognition. The work juxtaposes a variety of sound worlds to create surreal sonic relationships, encouraging one to hear commonalities among divergent sounds. In addition, recorded sound samples are frequently manipulated and obfuscated throughout the composition to create sounds that may seem familiar but cannot quite be identified, thus inviting the listener to hear connections to sounds they may remember from their past. Since sounds in our aural memories carry different significance and meaning for each individual, the composition provides potential for a diverse and rich unfolding of aural understanding unique to each listener.
The Persistence of Time and Memory