Factory Scenes (Pre​-​War​-​Post

from by Benjamin R. Fuhrman

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The movement begins with the sounds of the regular, and irregular, rhythmic factory work during the buildup of American heavy industry as tied to the rise of the middle class. Balanced with lush chords, we hear the rise of the assembly line and the growth of the factories before the arrival of World War II, as well as the switch to producing weapons and vehicles for the war effort.

After war interrupts, the factory sounds take on a sinister tone, growing harsher in response to the war drums and electric guitar. Echoes of bullets, saws, and rivets fly about the sonic landscape as noise dominates the soundscape.

Returning from the war, the sounds of the factory are as they once were. But a new motive takes hold in the final portion of this movement. Tinged with nostalgia and longing for an escape from the ghosts of the war, the lush strings return as the factory fades from the foreground, falling into dreams of suburbia. And yet the factory sounds remain, reminding the listener that this is only a dream, from which they will eventually awaken.

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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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