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Silichin Valley


Silichin Valley (2017-2018)


for Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Video

ca. 11 min.​


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Awards and Honors

2018 GRIT Collaborative Call for Scores

Bushwick Open Studio 2018. Call for Sound Arts/Electroacoustic Music

Program Note

Silichin Valley was an ancient capital located in what is now the Golden Bear Republic. During the peak of the metropolis, the rulers rewarded instant gratifications for the minds of people dependable to the system, conditioning them to want everything immediately. The human brain has evolved to feel first and think later. This addiction to dopamine hit had no ends,  and the already-dystopian society rushed into self-obliteration without realization.

On Composition

Silichin Valley was composed between November 2017 and March 2018 in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Dresden. During the video shoot in California, deep learning technology was employed to recognize and replace the cars in the footage with a variety of computer-generated images of penises. Surprisingly, this process also generated images of faucets.

The video version of the work was uploaded to a pornographic website by an audience member without the composer's consent in 2018. However, as of 2022, the video has since been deleted as "the account was not verified". Additionally, the video and score of Silichin Valley has been exhibited at The Icelandic Phallological Museum.

It is worth noting that this work has faced censorship while performing in several countries, largely due to decisions made by concert organizers.

Past Performances

April 6, 2018 (World Premiere)

Crossover the Six

Sengawa Fix Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Yoshihiro Otake (Cl.), Maana Hori (Vn.), Noe Mitani (Vc.), qp (Video)

Aug. 8, 2018 (Thailand Premiere)

The 14th Thailand International Composition Festival

Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

Grzegorz Grzeszczyk (Cl.), Omiros Yavroumis (Vn.), Urszula Kopijkowska (Vc.), qp (Video)

Sept. 29, 2018 (US Premiere)

Bushwick Open Studios 2018

MISE-EN Place Bushwick, New York City, NY, USA

ensemble mise-en: Eric Umble (Cl.), Sabina Torosjan (Vn.), Maria Hadge (Vc.), qp (Video)

Oct. 16, 2018 (Poland Premiere)

Sound Factory Orchestra Wroclaw Concert

Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland

Sound Factory Orchestra: Renata Raczylo (Cl.), Malgorzata Kogut-CElanda (Vn.), Elzbieta Lechowska (Vc.)

Oct. 18, 2018 (Germany Premiere)

Sound Factory Orchestra Dresden Concert

Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber, Dresden, Germany

Sound Factory Orchestra: Renata Raczylo (Cl.), Malgorzata Kogut-CElanda (Vn.), Elzbieta Lechowska (Vc.), qp (Video)

Oct. 21, 2018

Tesselat Inaugural Concert feat. Clara Kim, Adda Kridler, Jocelin Pan, and Jo Whang

[Video Archive]

Metropolis, New York City, NY, USA

Phillip H. Solomon (Cl.), Clara Kim (Vn.), Jo Whang (Vc.), qp (Video)

Nov. 13, 2018

Sound Factory Orchestra Essen Concert

Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen, Germany

Sound Factory Orchestra: Renata Raczylo (Cl.), Malgorzata Kogut-CElanda (Vn.), Elzbieta Lechowska (Vc.)

Nov. 16, 2018

Look & Listen: Oh My Ears! + GRIT Collaborative

[Video Archive]

Church of the Beatitudes, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Julia Lougheed (Cl.), Meghan Ruel (Vn.), Alexander Duke (Vc.)

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