This piece is written for the SPLICE Institute 2022, in collaboration with Alexander Ishov.
is.nova.in? is, at its core, a piece about censorship and misinformation, and is a commentary on the internal dialogues of individuals living in censored societies. It is a puzzle and conversation for live flutist, recorded flute and voices, using words constructed from the letters in the piece’s title: a, i, i, n, n, o, s, v. The letters guide pitch content, and the meaning of the words formed by these permutations guide the development of the musical characters.
There is one banned permutation of letters. It is banned because it clearly describes the way the flutist feels, and this clarity is dangerous. The closer the flutist gets to pronouncing the banned word, the more words flood the space.
The solution in this situation is by saying everything other than what is actually censored, trusting the conversation partner to fill in the gap. The individual must self-censor to survive.
Notes by Alexander Ishov and Wang Ziyu.