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Dock & Load

Dock & Load (2011)

Music by Simon Fink (b. 1980)

Design by Gideon Fink Shapiro (b. 1982)

A Musical Performance and Installation in the Casteneda Library Loading Dock

commissioned for the Music in Architecture—Architecture in Music Symposium, UT-Austin Center for Architecture and Design, 2011


3 Tenor Trombones

1 Bass Trombone

2 Percussionists:

Crash Cymbals (hand held), Crotales (1 octave), Tambourine, Tam-tam, Xylophones (2)

1 Driver:

Large, Open-bed Truck with Stereo System

4 Crew Members:

5 Moveable Stage Units and Lighting



  1. Arrival (!) In which the truck arrives at the top of the driveway and the

audience is greeted with a welcoming fanfare. The stage units are unloaded from the truck and set up on the driveway. (ca. 2 minutes)

  1. Introductions: Call and Canon In which the trombonists proceed onto the

stages. (ca. 3 minutes)

  • Descent In which the musicians march down the driveway as the crew

leapfrogs the stages in front of them. They rejoin the truck at the bottom of the driveway and then are driven into the loading dock. (ca. 10 minutes)

  1. Coda: Unloaded In which the musicians unload onto the loading dock itself

to perform in full lighting. (ca. 5 minutes)

Total duration ca. 20 minutes



 Dock and Load is an installation and performance work that inverts the spatial hierarchy of Castaneda Library. It spotlights the building’s back side—its sunken loading dock—and there creates a pop-up performance space for an original, site-specific musical composition which is delivered by truck. The piece uses the truck as well as moveable stages to dramatize the journey from level ground, down the sloped driveway, and into the dock. The music responds to the loading dock area’s operating logic and topographical organization.