Keyboard Warriors

The internet has given us a way of communicating and expressing ourselves on an unprecedented scale; from a message to a friend to a state address, the internet is now the medium on which all of this communication takes place. It could be said that the internet has given us a more comfortable, detached environment in which people can speak their mind in a way they may not normally do on a face-to-face level. It could also be said that the internet has created somewhat of a level playing field in terms of whose opinions matter the most; the culture in which the experts and professional critics decide what’s good or bad, right or wrong etc. is a dying one. Anyone can write an article and post it online. Everyone types in the same comment box on YouTube.

This piece is about the community of users across the world that has turned the internet into a relentless stream of information, opinions and communications, and the fact the voice that matters most is no longer that of an editor, publisher, executive, religious leader, celebrity, president, but your own.

Flute, percussion, piano, harp, violin, viola and cello

Premiered on 13th February 2014 by the Red Note Ensemble at the Alexander Gibson Opera Studio, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow.

Glasgow/Limassol, December 2013 – January 2014