by Evan Hause

The tools of measurement and creation in our modern age are awesome indeed. The same may likewise be said for the “artist’s melancholy”: in what direction shall we go, and by what method, given the nearly infinite technological possibilities? In my musical composition Melancolia I have used modern and ancient tools to respond to a deep inspiration from Dürer: his imagery, his method, his style, and most importantly his balance between the symmetrical and the expressive. Melancolia is an interplay between precise measurement and improvisational whimsy, cloaked in sonic otherness. It is my response to the melancholic condition as expressed in the print. -EH