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The Meld: The Marriage of Art and Technology, The Ames Library

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Recording duration approx. 9:22

This composition was chosen as the winning entry of a 2002 School of Music competition to be played at the library's official opening. A recording of that performance is not available, but the original score may be downloaded above and to the right.

The embedded player above contains a recording of The Meld, edited from a compact disc containing the 2004 dedication ceremony of the Minor Myers, jr. statue outside of The Ames Library. Before the piece is performed, Provost Janet McNew is heard introducing the composer who then explains the inspiration for The Meld's movements.

For access to the complete 2004 dedication ceremony, visit Tate Archives & Special Collections on the library's fourth floor or contact archives@iwu.edu

Abstract

This piece, The Meld, consists of five movements, each tailored to specific aspects of the new Ames Library. Through this short journey of music, one can experience what the library embodies itself, a marriage of art and technology. Emotions arise from all different aspects of each movement, may it be mystery of this new building to the dignity and class of the "Great Room" on the fifth floor holding the stained glass windows from Oxford.

From these five short movements, the Ames Library is introduced, stated, and dignified by a piece of music. It is the realization of Ames that gave me inspiration to create this piece. And hopefully by this piece, I can inspire others to realize the full potential this library has to make the Wesleyan dream of Scientia et Sapientia a reality among all active learners.

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