Paul Turano
Toward the Flame
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Lighting up the morning sky a meteor detonated mid air over Chebarkul, Siberia on February 15, 2013. Existential shockwaves emanating from the explosion caused a momentary chaos, and catalyzed more desperate fears that it was perhaps signaling The End. Russian Composer Scriabin a century earlier had composed his piece Vers da Flamme — Towards the Flame. It was inspired by his apocryphal conviction that an intense accumulation of heat would ultimately cause the destruction of the world. A few years before he wrote the composition, the Tunguska event – a devastating explosion from a runaway comet or asteroid, whose impact was equivalent to 10–15 megatons of TNT –had occurred in Siberia in 1908. Hypothetical, but compelling connections between these events inform this work.