Stalker (2016)

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Setup (3 stations)

  • Station I
    • Tin cans (3)
    • Clay pots (4)
  • Station II
    • Snare drum
    • Bongos
    • Tambourine
  • Station III
    • Temple blocks (5)
    • Bamboo wind chimes
    • Flexatone
    • Triangles (2)
    • Tuned metal tubes (F – D – A – G-sharp)

Program Note
Stalker is based on the book Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky and was composed for Aaron Ragsdale. In this book, aliens have visited Earth and left strange objects behind in certain “zones” around the globe. Stalkers are black market dealers who enter these zones and procure these rare and often dangerous objects. In this composition, the mundane world is represented by the tin cans and flower pots. The various mysterious alien artifacts are the more standard percussion instruments. The alien objects encountered are, in order: Empty, Carbonated Clay, Full Empty, Hell Slime, and the Golden Sphere.

performed here by Aaron Ragsdale

About Me

Jay C. Batzner (b. 1974) is currently on the faculty of Central Michigan University. He reads too many comic books and tries to find time for sewing and other various hobbies. Jay likes playing chess but loses a LOT of games. 

Jay’s frequent interdisciplinary collaborations with choreographer Heather Trommer-Beardslee has led to several dance works based on student veterans, ecological succession, the Larry Craig scandal, and hyena behaviors. The hyena piece even includes puppets! 

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