Full Orchestra (3333.4331.timp+3.hrp.pno.strings) – 8 minutes
Chamber Orchestra (2222.2221.timp+3.hrp.pno.strings)
Servers are the twenty-ﬁrst century utility. Hidden in warehouses, underground, and other discreet locations around the world, countless computers hold the physical record of our data. The Internet behemoths—Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook—rely on these machines to power their information empires. The rest of us rely on these servers to preserve our collective digital memories. I began this piece speciﬁcally interested in how my computer talks to the body of computers storing what we call the Internet. I quickly learned there is a precise set of rules and procedures governing this type of user/server communication. These are called Hyper-Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP), otherwise known as the ‘http’ that precedes many web addresses. According to HTTP, whenever we open a web browser our computer communicates with a server through a series of simple messages. Upon receiving our request, the server acknowledges the query with the message ‘200 OK.’ The connection has been established and data will be transmitted.
The recording is of the premiere featuring the Yale Philharmonia under the direction of Farkhad Khudyev.
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Premiered 12.11.09 at Woolsey Hall, New Haven, CT.