Weakness is a piece about failure and anxiety. Tim Feeney channels the pressure of the classical music world into an expansive work of stripped-back solo percussion; a single snare drum in a reverberant stairway. Weakness gives us alternating zones of sound and silence, touching on techniques related to the work of Alvin Lucier, the Wandelweiser group, and Full Spectrum’s own Nick Hennies.
“The obvious description of the piece involves talking about the beauty of simple acoustic phenomena, releasing the voices that live inside our instruments, listening to what is and refraining from judgment of what it might be in relation to something else,” Feeney states.
Work of this nature is delicate, but Feeney transcends the trope demonstration of a phenomena into something more telling of the composers character. There’s something personal between those strokes.