In geographical terms, a star dune is a pyramidal sand mound with three or more “arms” radiating from its high center point. This formation is caused by complex wind patterns occurring in the same area over long periods of time. My composition was inspired by the vast, desolate, arid landscapes of deserts and sand dunes, as well as some of the tragic stories and mysteries of stranded souls and missing aircrafts connected to them. Throughout the piece, I contrast short, disjunct fragments with long-sustaining sonorities reflecting the bleak terrain. Toward the end, the orchestra recreates sounds of Morse code, wind, and “singing sands,” a low-rumbling auditory phenomenon triggered by sand avalanches.
Performed by the Lamont Symphony Orchestra.