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Carne is written for amplified (or electric) violoncello and EMG sensors. The piece is loosely inspired by Terry Bison’s 1991 short story They’re made out of meat. In Bison’s story, two apparently alien beings meet to discuss a shocking discovery about the beings on planet earth, the fact that they are made out of meat. The idea of sentient, thinking and singing meat seams both unthinkable and unbearable for these characters. I took this idea of looking at the human body simply as ‘meat’ and imagining all hand and finger movements as the simple grinding and sliding of meat pieces.