The Sweet Curve

by Mary Edwards

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In composing immersive, spatial sound installations, Mary Edwards practices what Juhani Pallasmaa calls "Sensuous Minimalism," where a certain neutrality, restraint and silence are an inherent quality of the discipline: "The significance [of architecture] is not in its material form, but in its capacity to reveal deeper layers of existence.”

This environmentally poetic perspective of solitude and connectivity attempts an elegance and ease of movement in light of adversity. The Sweet Curve depicts the transformation of the Eero Saaranen-designed TWA Terminal 5 at JFK Airport, from an active point of departure and arrival, reflecting Mid-Century optimism and integration, to the present-day landmark that serves as an actual destination. Employing Library Music style incidental motifs, the piece enters the territory of impermanence and longing for something whose original form only exists in memory. The question of ephemerality and what is missing from an idealized past transitions by way of an auspicious tagline, “…it’s not the end of the world, it’s the edge of the sky.”

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released January 20, 2020
Mary Edwards - Composer, Sound Artist, Writer

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Mary Edwards New York, New York

Mary Edwards is a composer, songwriter and sound artist whose projects range from recordings and performances "evocative of epic cinematic soundtracks combined with lyrical intimacy..." (Time Out NY), to immersive environmental and architectural sound installations. Themes of temporality, impermanence, nostalgia, longing, childhood and the natural world are interspersed throughout her work. ... more

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