Sol LeWitt Variations

2 11 2010

“The piece I present is inspired by Sol LeWitt ‘s visual work All variations of incomplete open cubes, 1974, which portrays the decomposition of a cube of which only some sides are shown sequentially to the public. In my composition, these “schematic” figures are replaced by musical phrases that remain “open” to all possible combinations, creating a circular and permutable effect when listening”.

“Unlike John Cage, who most often relied on criteria derived from random or mystical approaches (for ex. I Ching), LeWitt’s work is strictly geometrical and does not leave many opportunities for psychological or religious considerations. I have tried to recreate the feeling of space inside and around the “cube”, as if this were a room, each time considering the possible links between harmonic figures”.

(text for We are making digital art exhibition)

 





Kirielle

12 02 2010

Kirielle (Cantata)

KirielleThe piece I present is a new version of the concluding part of a larger work, Kirielle (Cantata). It draws on some features of ancient choral music and places these within the contemporary context. The title of the piece is in French as this allows for a variety of possible meanings: litany, complaint, series, sequence. In general terms, I sought to grasp the atmosphere of choral music through the generation of synthesized sounds. From the point of view of composition, I developed the piece using musical notation based on models from mathematics and physics (such as set theory or the Ising model), suggesting to the audience listening and interpreting the piece a sonic structure existing in space as well as in time.

Duration: 5’:20’’

Selected by SoundLAB VII, Cologne New Media Festival (Germany).

Kirielle (part I-II-III, 5′:27”):

 








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