The Horse

Dylan Sheridan

The Horse

A dark and dreamlike concerto for saxophone, accompanied by violin, cello, electronics and automated instruments, The Horse begins with equine apparitions found in an MRI scan of composer Dylan Sheridan’s own brain, and voyages through space to the Horsehead Nebula, 1500 light years from Earth.

Like a pianola reading a piano paper roll, Sheridan takes interstellar data and masterfully turns it into a surreal and immersive musical performance. The result is a sonic exploration of galactic patterns—a ground-breaking composition that could be played for one minute, one hour, or one year, depending on the resolution of its data.

Traversing scales, spectrums, land, Earth and the universe, Sheridan makes the impossible possible: playing the galaxy; hearing the stars.

Performed at Next Wave 2016