Elemental is a conceptual set of pieces that utilize the four elements as a framework for compositions within non-traditional compositional and improvisational methods. The pieces contain the underlying theme of climate change, and consistently utilize the guitar as the main instrument for composition. The project was inspired by Tikkun Olam, the study of guitar itself, and the desire to create large scale works within a social context. The pieces completed within the year are five drastically different compositions with varied forms, instrumentation and length. Each was composed differently but started with harmonic content on the guitar and contains a corresponding recording and score. Some also contain spoken word, lyrical content, or paintings. The main take away from the project are the methodology and compositional processes. Utilizing a cyclical methodology, of research, create, revise, record, revise, record in most instances. By using music as a common language, we can open a dialogue on social awareness and bring issues into the mainstream.
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Zuskin, Kayla. “Elemental.” Master's thesis, Berklee College of Music, 2019. https://remix.berklee.edu/graduate-studies-contemporary-performance/151.