a room with no roof

premiered by Lukas Schroeder @ Die Bibliomusik IV, Mary Idema Pew Library, Oct. 29, 2014

a room with no roof is a short etude for solo tuba, written for the Die Bibliomusik series at the Grand Valley State University Libraries. The concert series focuses on works written for new spaces, commemorating the many unique areas in the new MIP Library.

The piece was written for the third floor courtyard, a unique space with glass walls, an aerial sculpture inspired by the works of James Turrell, and, of course, no roof. Turrell’s artwork explores the intersection of light and space: as he says—“I make spaces that apprehend light for our perception, and in some ways gather it, or seem to hold it…my work is more about your seeing than it is about my seeing, although it is a product of my seeing… [my] medium is pure light”. a room with no roof explores the interaction of this concept and the interaction of students in the space. The two recurring musical themes represent the light’s play off of the walls and the student’s interactions as the day begins. It explores the non-traditional sound production techniques of the tuba, including slap-tonguing, air-releases, vocalization, and multiphonics.