The Animus Winds is a composition for flute and electroacoustic sound. Thematically, the composition explores an opposition of two perceptions: the autonomous sensual experience of wind against a personification of wind as a supernatural force. The electroacoustic sound recolors and reshapes recordings of wind and flutes, such that flutes take on characteristics of the wind, and wind takes on both musical and vocal qualities. There is also a dramatic schema, in which the flute takes the role of a person who is at times drawn into the natural spirit of the wind, and at other times strongly confronts its more hostile animus.
Christopher Hopkins is a composer and performer with special interests in the integration of electroacoustic composition, instrument design, and graphical notation, dialectics of historical musical styles, and performing Renaissance and Baroque music for the viola da gamba. He is Associate Professor of Music at Iowa State University of Science and Technology where has been Director of the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities and led research developing 3D haptic (virtual touch) virtual reality designs for musical composition and performance. Earlier, he taught at the University of Illinois, the University of Minnesota, and Syracuse University. His Doctor of Musical Arts degree is from Cornell University, studying with Karel Husa (composition) and John Hsu (performance studies), with a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Donald Erb and Eugene O’Brien. His compositions have been performed at major festivals in Athens, Basel, Grenoble, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Melbourne, New York City, Tanglewood, Toronto, Vienna, and Zürich, and from concert stages in Belgium, England, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Media broadcasts including his work have been heard over the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC, Östereichischer Rundfunk, Radio Canada, WNYC, and Public Radio International.