2045: the year man becomes immortal?
‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?’ (2016) started as a homage to this concept called Technological Singularity, this new era that the techno-scientific community have predicted to be possible by 2045 in which technology will finally allow for man and machine to merge, enabling us the possibility to prolong life indefinitely, making us immortal effectively.
But the piece also wonders whether theres's a purpose to being mortal, whether there's a purpose to dying. When our days are numbered, life becomes more precious and we cherish more the things we love. In essence, it wonders whether we should be tampering with nature's cycle of life, where from death there's always new life, and whether this technocratic path we've chosen is the right path for all of us.
The piece is structured in 5 sections mirroring the five stages of a fruit tree, a metaphor for the cyclic nature of life. The first three sections constitute a first block representing the process from life to death. The last two sections constitute a second block where, after what we understand as death, I wonder about the immortal nature of the human soul. In the timeline of the piece, these two blocks are separated exactly at the Golden Ratio and all the individual pieces that constitute the piece follow the timings of the Fibonacci Sequence.
The piece was premiered at St. James's Church in Piccadilly, London, on the 6th of July 2016 in collaboration with Tete-a-Tete Opera. It was further performed at Buck Hall in Cowdray House on the 9th of July 2016. It received standing ovations on both occasions and widespread acclaim.
PREMIERE AT ST. JAMES'S CHURCH, PICCADILLY, 06.07.2016
“I must have been 2 years old when I first heard Abba's "Chiquitita" on my parents black and white TV back in the Spanish Pyrenees, in a small town near France called Berga. I remember feeling that something special was behind those sounds, something that of course I couldn't quite comprehend at the time. I didn't even know back then those sounds were called music, but I somehow I knew that this was the thing I would devote my energy for the rest of my life.”
Toni Castells (born 3 January 1976) is a Spanish composer currently based in London. His sonic worlds transpire an inherited precocious classical training with an inventive use of modern technologies to create unique and distinctive soundscapes. Hi music has been described as "Massive Attack meets Mendelssohn" by Ben Roberts from music industry magazine London Tourdates and "Morricone meets Satie" by Michael Haas, producer of prize-winning recordings with major classical artists including Zubin Mehta, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniel Beranboim, Cecilia Bartoli and Luciano Pavarotti. US label Magnatune described it as "Puccini meets Sigur Rós".
Toni's big interest in spirituality is reflected throughout his work and his career. He releases his music through his own label Interstellar Music. Toni also teaches music technology at Imperial College London and the London College of Music.
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