Escher Stairs: A Musical Analogue

Escher Stairs: A Musical Analogue

I have been working with Jason Sherman on a film titled “Cutting Corners”. It is an activist documentary about builders and contractors cutting corners while building new structures in Philadelphia. The style of the music is electronic ostinatos. At one point in the film, I composed this track, which is a musical analogue to the famous drawing by M.C. Escher. It portrays a continuous staircase. People ascend and descend the staircase, without actually getting anywhere. 

The musical analogue expresses the cycle of construction and demolition, which can devastate the lives of people living in the city. Over and over again, buildings are demolished, leading to neighboring homes being undermined. The people living in them are then evacuated without recourse. It is a continuous cycle, occurring over and over again.