Wasted Light

by Focus Group LLC

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Second Part 06:56
Third Part 04:02
Fourth Part 04:00
Fifth Part 03:33
Sixth Part 06:01


An opera in one act by Ethan T. Parcell, a sequel to WORLD RECORD.

WASTED LIGHT is an opera about singing in the midwest, taking the form of an unmetaphorical extended lecture on a broken LED billboard visible from a Chicago highway. It is a piece about meaning making, near ancestry, false promise, time passing, space passing, and billboards, and it is sung, spoken and played with smallness and hospitality.

Paper book available here: www.lulu.com/shop/ethan-t-parcell/wasted-light/paperback/product-24012063.html


released March 1, 2019

Focus Group LLC is:
Hannah Bureau, violin and singing
Rebekah Dotzel, cello and singing
Kenan Serenbetz, harmonium and singing (left)
Alec Watson, pump organ and singing (right)
Ethan T. Parcell, voice

Engineered and mixed at Jamdek Studio in Chicago IL by Doug Malone.

Some material in Wasted Light was initially developed as a realization of a score by Udita Upadhyaya called “teach (love)”. I am greatly indebted and thankful to Udita for the piece that planted these seeds.

Special thanks to Doug, Udita, YESCO Sign Company, Dad and Aunt Lulu, and my bandmates.




Ethan T. Parcell Chicago, Illinois

Ethan T. Parcell is a composer, artist and educator based in Chicago. His work explores ideas of smallness, hospitality, and union, and is realized primarily though composition and drawing.

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