Always Becoming Somebody Else

Darren Copeland

Programme notes

In this piece I am trying to convey imaginary landscapes that are incomplete in their appearance and as a result are shrouded in dream-like ambiguity. In some instances, this results from foreground versus background arrangements that belong more to the category of collage than to a faithful representation of conventional experience. In other cases, this happens because settings are stripped of their distinguishing features in order to arrive at specific colour-fields.

Despite their fragmentation, the images spark pictures in the listening mind, as they construct a new ground of experience from which everyday logic vanishes temporarily. These new landscapes connect experiences and places that could never be joined in the physical world. The terrain thus freshly encountered, requires the listener to do some careful excavating and to study the loose fragments still partially decipherable. The capacity to articulate and understand the language of abstract and irrational images should enable him or her to cultivate sensitivity to the imaginative realm of conventional acoustic experience.


Always Becoming Somebody Else was realized in 1991-92 at the Electronic Music Studio of the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada) and premiered in November 1993 by Vancouver New Music at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. The piece received an honorable mention in the 1993 Vancouver New Music Young Composers Competition.


  • November 1993, Vancouver New Music, The Cultch — Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)


  • Composer(s): Darren Copeland
  • Year of composition: 1991-92
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium
  • ISWC: T0728363776
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • Duration: 9:07
  • ISRC: CAD500620170