Cornucopian cloud

for as many celli as possible
April 2012; variable duration

Premiere: York Cello Ensemble, University of York Music Society concert, 25th June 2012.

‘Q. Why would I want to join an inexplicable mob?
A. Tons of other people are doing it.’
Bill Wasik, ‘My Crowd’

‘Behind every cloud is another cloud.’
Judy Garland

‘What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?’
Larry Ellison (founder of IT giant Oracle Corp.)

Cornu copiae, the ‘horn of plenty’ of Greek mythology and symbol of abundance.

Cornucopian, a believer in the endless resources of our natural planet, that there is enough matter and energy on the Earth to provide for the ever-rising population, that the ‘ultimate resource’ is not any particular physical object but the capacity for humans to invent and adapt, that ‘humans are infinitely inventive and the more people we have then the more potential there is for human inventiveness. Technology, fuelled by human inventiveness, will surely find a way to feed humanity forever (or at least for the next several million years).’

Cloud; ‘a visible mass of condensed watery vapour floating in the air’; a seemingly infinite labyrinthine web of online data, the ultimate digital self storage warehouse.