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Inspired by celestial wonders and the timeless human experience, Skysong is a captivating multimedia work that combines live musical performance with video, taking audiences on a mesmerizing journey through space and sound.

Produced by

David Farrell

Directed by

David Farrell

Project Description

A work for video with live musical performance, Skysong was commissioned by Denver's Playground Ensemble, a chamber music organization focused on new music, for their 2023 Space Program at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

I drew inspiration both from the new - various satellite images from NASA of Orion, the sun and moon, and the Earth – as well as the old – text from American poet Sara Teasdale. The feelings evoked from the celestial, whether viewed with or with technological assistance, seem unchanged over time. There is inspiration to be found in the mixture profoundly personal smallness and overwhelming vastness. The computer sounds might evoke some of that vast space, while the viola plays motives and melodies with a more personal character.

About the Director

David E. Farrell is an accomplished composer and filmmaker based in Denver, CO. With a deep passion for pushing the boundaries of traditional music and film, Farrell's works have garnered critical acclaim and captivated audiences across the United States.

His innovative compositions have been performed by renowned ensembles and featured at prestigious music festivals. As the driving force behind 'Skysong', Farrell showcases his remarkable talent for blending music, video, and poetry to create a truly immersive experience.

Commissioned by Denver's Playground Ensemble, this cosmic journey explores the profound connection between our personal insignificance and the vastness of the universe.

Screening Details

Project Runtime


Programming Block

Stellar Performances & Cosmic Concerts: Live Arts in the Dome

Screening Day & Time

May 03, 9:45 PM

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