Worldwide, millions of people are showing their concern for climate change and are demanding a sustainable future in the #fridaysforfuture demonstrations. My orchestral work “The Future of Progress?”, written in 2004, also addresses this issue. It evokes scenes of serene beautiful nature, contrasted with environmental pollution and climate disaster in a musical composition to trigger the imagination. As the title of my piece suggests, the underlying question is: where are we going with our current technological advancements?

As it is often difficult to get an orchestral work performed, I decided to have it done on computer by an American company called The Fauxharmonic Orchestra. The word “fauxharmonic” is a little joke and refers to both the word “philharmonic” (meaning “symphonic”) and the word “faux”, meaning “fake” or “artificial”. The computer performance sounded fantastic and the final version was done on September 24, 2019 which was the same date Gretha Thunberg gave her fiery speech at the UN Climate Summit in New York.

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Blog updated on September 26, 2019.

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