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Gregory Simon

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A Masters Thesis Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Music, Major: Music, Under the Supervision of Dr. Gregory Simon. Lincoln, Nebraska: April, 2019

Copyright 2018-19 Josh Spaulding

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Utilizing various visual and aural mediums, Anecdoche tells a story that allows the audience to examine modern American/global culture from a third person perspective. Each artistic medium adds their own voice or opinion to the story and thus further colors and clutters the stage. This represents the extremes of communication that humans have risen to in the 21st Century. The term Anecdoche means a conversation in which everyone is talking, but nobody is listening. In the same way, for much of the work, the different elements of the production aim to make their voice heard, while simultaneously cluttering the visual and aural performance space. As the music progresses, the audience is taken on a journey to escape the stasis of Anecdoche to achieve a status of more legitimate, wholistic connection with humanity.

Advisor: Gregory Simon

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