On May 24, 1844, the painter and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse sent the first telegraphed message from Baltimore to congress: "What Hath God Wrought." It is difficult to know what he was implying by such a message, but retrospectively, in the beginning of the twenty-first century, Morse's invention seems to mark the beginning of the information age. Not only did he produce the first electrically transmitted message, but he also created a code in which to transmit it that consisted of dots and dashes, not much unlike the binary code that is the basis of our everyday interaction with technology and other human beings. The binary content of Morse's original message is basis for this piece. The series of dots and dashes control all aspects of the compositional process, including rhythm, pitch, and form.
released April 6, 2007
Composed by John Mayrose
Carrie Shull, English horn; Todd Hershberger, bassoon; marc faris, electric guitar; John Mayrose, electric bass; Jennifer Fitzgerald, piano; Thom Limbert, percussion