The musical composition Thorn is aptly named. Its relentless spiking attacks are placed into the context of the destructive machinations of Sumpter Oregon’s historic dredge and its insatiable churning in its quest for gold.

Harmonies are foregone in favor of unrelenting phrases requiring Molly herself to act as the dispassionate cog in the endlessly turning wheels of uncertain resolution.

Molly Barth – Flute
David Lang – Composer

Filmmaking by Bluedot Productions

Filmed at the dredge in Sumpter Oregon.


Molly Barth acknowledges the support of the Office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education, University of Oregon.

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