Sunday, August 30, 2009

piano/electronics/video piece outline

I've got a good plan sketched out for the piano/electronics/video piece. It's a little complicated, so I'll try to explain it as best I can.

It will be four movements, performed attaca. Total length will be 18 minutes. The four movements are proportioned using Fibonacci numbers (2, 3, 5, 8), but shuffled around. I am loosely basing the piece on the classical sonata. Here are my approximate timings and notes:

Movement I: "Allegro" - 8 minutes

Intro: 30"
low piano notes, fade into synth notes, with static and "transmission" sounds

Exposition: 2'45"
theme A: 1'15" | transition: 15" | theme b: 1' | coda: 15"

theme A:
assertive chords, martial (like Chopin's Polonaise in A), accompanied by noisy "transmission" sounds

theme B:
homo- and polyphonic textures, more 'lyrical,' computer plays tone-based sounds

Development: 2'

Recapitulation: 2'45"
theme A: 1'15" | transition: 15" | theme b: 1' | coda: 15"


Movement II: "Adagio" - 3 minutes

Chaconne: 10 variations @ 18" each
1. "organ" ground bass
2. add disjunct & sparse piano melody
3. melody continues, computer adds "electric piano" chords
4. piano chords, mimicking computer part in #3
5. piano chords + melody
6. new chords + counter melody + computer 'synth' melody
7. ground bass + computer melody (piano tacet)
8. piano + electronics - dense chords (12+ tones)
9. smaller (3-4 note) and faster-moving chords
10. conjunct, faster piano melody


III. "Scherzo" - 2 minutes

A = 40", B (trio) = 40", A = 40"

Aa = piano - main role, computer adds sine-tone "R2D2" filigre
Ab = call & response piano and computer

Ba = percussive computer part, piano melodic
Bb = synth doubles piano melody

Aa & Ab repeat


IV. "Rondo" - 5 minutes

A = 45" B = 45" A = 45" C = 30" A = 45" B = 45" A = 45"

A - driving, insistent rhythm
B - fast, skittering around
C - chords and synth glissandi

(obviously I need to think more on this one!)


Video Component


I am brainstorming on this - it's all going to be fairly simple, so I'll actually be able to accomplish it! Mainly flashing dots, squares, and lines. The whole experience will be a little sci-fi. More details on my next post!

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