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New original work: Urschleim (Primordial Soup) for electric guitar, violin, cello, and piano

August 1, 2017

The title for this piece is borrowed from 19th century biologist Ernst Haeckel's theory that all life originated from a single protoplasm somewhere in the gunk at the bottom of the ocean. When Haeckel and his contemporaries introduced this idea to the nonscientific community, it caused more than a little discomfort. Apparently, the idea that homo sapiens evolved from gooey oceanic slime is somehow less appealing than having been formed out of dirt by a deity who vaguely resembles Jeff Bridges, and who’s attitudes toward his creation alternate between complete indifference and utter psychosis.

It’s been a century since Haeckel postulated in favor of the slime. And yet school boards throughout the United States continually attempt to insert Jeff Bridges into science curricula (as if Jeff needs extra screen time). Plenty of musical works have been devoted to the mysteries of Jeff Bridges’ six-day creation spree. It’s a nice enough idea, and it’s produced some remarkable works of human imagination. But personally, I’m a fan of the slime.




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