Exploring the Remains of a Giant

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Abandoned buildings dot the landscape of the Rust Belt. Some are decrepit barns, others abandoned factories, and still others decaying retail stores. It fascinates me to see these former centers of commerce desolate and forgotten, much like the region around them.

This movement is a sonic exploration of just such an abandoned store. Ill-equipped to adapt in the face of more nimble competition, its carcass is now a playground for scrap metal scavengers and urban explorers. Little remains but the echoes of footsteps and messages still playing over the store stereo system: a memory, or perhaps an idealization, of past glory surrounded by the emptiness of the present.

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from Concrete Oasis, released September 9, 2016

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Benjamin R. Fuhrman Lansing, Michigan

Benjamin R. Fuhrman is a composer based in Lansing, Michigan. He studied composition at Michigan State University with Ricardo Lorenz and Mark Sullivan, and violin performance at Hope College with Mihai Craioveanu.

his works have been performed throughout the world.

He is currently serving on the faculty at the MSU Community Music School, Mott Community College, and Oakland University.
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