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Asimov's Aviary

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Joel Puckett

Joel Puckett


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General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 4:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bill Holab
Cost: Parts - Rental   |   Score Only - $90.00


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Program Notes

Asimov’s Aviary was commissioned by The United States Air Force Band for a world premiere performance at the Midwest Clinic in 2012. The work’s title references Isaac Asimov (who created the Three Laws of Robotics and helped to define the concept of serious science fiction) and the Micro-Aviary at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The Micro-Aviary is part of the Air Force Research Lab, whose mission is to design the next generation of undetectable robotic drones, which will take the form of tiny insects and birds. Puckett remarks, “I frequently imagined Asimov dreaming of an aviary far in the future where robotic insects and birds were given life and flew around in constant electronic swarms. I also found myself thinking about the excitement that the researchers at the Micro-Aviary would feel if they were able to show their creations to Asimov, and how amazed he would have been to see how quickly his ideas have become a reality.” Puckett dedicated this work to the men and women at the Air Force Research Lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

- Program note by Technical Sgts. David Balandrin and Ricky Parrell for U.S. Air Force Band concert program, 19 December 2012


In 1974, Isaac Asimov [creator of the three laws of robotics and the father of modern technology based science fiction] predicted in his short story That thou art mindful of them, that before humanoid androids would be accepted into mainstream society, robotic birds and insects would be created to desensitize the population.

While writing this piece, I frequently imagined Asimov dreaming of an aviary far in the future where robotic insects and birds were given life and flew around in constant electronic swarms. Amazingly, this work has begun. At the Air Farce Research Lab at Wright-Patterson’s “Micro-Aviary” these robotic insects and birds -- or micro-drones as the press has dubbed them -- are being developed and put in the field as part of a whale host of projects including weather management and environmental monitoring.

However, as anyone who has read I, Robot or The Naked Sun will know, where there is potential for light in technological innovation, there is also potential for darkness. I often find myself thinking about the excitement that the researchers at the Micro-Aviary would feel if they were able to show their creations to Asimov and how amazed he would have been to see how quickly these artificial insects and birds have become a reality.

The piece features tightly woven canonic lines that form a furious web (swarm?) of contrapuntal activity over very slow moving (inevitable?) metallic drones.

Asimav’s Aviary was commissioned by The United States Air Force Band “The Chief’s Own” and is dedicated to the men and women at the Air Force Research Lab at Wright-Patterson and premiered at the 2012 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.

- Program Note by composer


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