Jon Lebkowsky sez, "My amazing friend, neurocomputing specialist, musician & composer David Demaris has created the most geek-tastic opera ever, For Fear the Glass May Shatter. It's been produced as part of Austin's Fusebox Festival, and is running through this weekend at the Vortex Theatre here."
The biography of Wolfgang Pauli is a particle dancing through a deflector beam modulated by an extended mashup of Faust (Goethe, Mann's Dr. Faustus), Quantum Mechanics, Jungian Alchemy and Taoism. Pauli, Bohr, Heisenberg, Jung, and others transmute through various roles in Faust like particles in a chamber exposed to myth waves. It veers in and out of history of science realism, dream, magical realism, and literary disruptions, allowing each viewer to collapse its wave function in unique fashion. Unlike Joyce's characters in Ulysses, these scholars are utterly aware of their governing myth Faust and invoke it every chance they get. The actors are singing science, the mythic tale of the birth of quantum mechanics, the hidden forces of number archetypes, and their longing for love and immortality.
I've portrayed Pauli as a poet of the unique - aware of the limitations of mid-century physics deal with the contingent and improbable nature of life and the mind. He, along with Jung, imagined a reformation of religion and science; in Pauli's dream of the New House, laboratory, university and cathedral are joined. I imagine this as a kind of alternate reality in which possibly disruptive scientific advances are birthed in a ritual form capturing a culture's most glorious achievements and darkest moments.
For Fear The Glass May Shatter
There’s 25 stops in all on the US/Canada tour for WALKAWAY, my next novel, an “optimistic disaster novel” that comes out on April 25 (more stops coming soon, as well as publication of my UK tour).
Coming to the American Bookbinders Museum this Saturday: Last Unicorn author Peter S Beagle and up-and-coming prolific short story writer Effie Seiberg, in conversation with Terry Bisson: tickets are $10, bring cash for the bar and the bookseller!
Evan Greer writes, “SXSW is one of the most popular music festivals in the US. It was just revealed that they are actively threatening bands from outside the US with “immediate deportation’ and immigration investigations if they perform at ‘unofficial’ events during the festival. At a time when immigrants are under attack, this policy is […]
All the filters in the world won’t save your smartphone pics from a shaky hand. To really step up your mobile photography game, you’ll need some kind of mount to hold it steady. You could buy a smartphone attachment for a conventional camera tripod, but who wants to carry that kind of gear everywhere they […]
The forced transition from analog to digital TV signals was probably met with relative indifference from people with Netflix subscriptions and the “I don’t even own a TV” snoots. But anyone living in the vast swaths of the country that don’t have guaranteed high-speed internet, broadcast TV is a perfectly valid (and 100% free) way […]
When Apple revealed the new MacBook in 2016, one of the biggest issues raised with the notebook’s new design (aside from ire over the slew of new adapters you’d inevitably have to buy) was the removal of one of its most beloved proprietary features, the magnetic charging cable. Thankfully, third-party peripheral makers have taken up […]