Scott Deal and Matthew Burtner, co-authors, in Proceedings, 2011 International Computer Music Conference, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Auksalaq, the Inupiaq Eskimo word for “melting snow”, is a large telematic work performed simultaneously in select venues worldwide. Using distance technology, live music, dance, movement, visual arts and commentary, the work creates a rich counterpoint of media linking great distances. Auksalaq integrates artistic expression, scientific information and social/political commentary to present an interactive, multi-dimensional experience that embodies relevant complex cultural and empirical processes. The piece illuminates scientific analysis as well as cultural and political issues surrounding global climate change. Creating the score, libretto, media content and IT software customizations for Auksalaq has been a sustained effort by two co-creators. After conceiving the project and overall structure of the work together, one collaborator penned the music and libretto and the other created the media content and IT production design.