Bb clarinet, alto saxophone
commissioned by Nexus Duo
Katherine Bergman Music © 2016
Somewhat tongue-in-cheek (but with a bit of genuine concern), Alone Together takes a look at the social and psychological effects of technology. As we become more and more reliant on electronic devices and social networking tools, our real-world lives and relationships offline have suffered. In the office, in social situations, and even at the dinner table, we might be gathered in a room together, but we’re often tethered to our devices, engaged in other activity. We’re in a semi-alone state—we’re alone, together.
Divided into five short movements, Alone Together examines the myriad dilemmas and phenomena that result from our love of technology, such as our propensity to engage with our devices while “spending time” with others; the fear of missing out on a constant stream of up-to-the-minute information; the curation of artificial online personas; the lost art of real-time conversation; and our inability to be alone, bored, or unstimulated.
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