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by Michele Spanghero

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Ad lib. 04:56


"Ad lib." (2013) is a sound sculpture in which a medical machine, designed to provide automatic pulmonary ventilation to patients with severe conditions affecting the respiratory system, is hooked up to the sounding component of the instrument most associated with Christian liturgy, the organ. The result is an original music machine that plays an essential mechanical Requiem. By activating the breathing machine, the 5 organ pipes start to play and thus the sound sculpture Ad lib. incessantly repeats the cluster chord, like a breath repeating on and on. The action of this artificial organ raises ethical questions about the will and responsibility involved in this prolonged Requiem, a metaphor for a limit that men delegate to technology.


released October 19, 2021


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