|STRINGendo / FLAUTANDO
Solo compositions for so-called "melody instruments" often seemed unsatisfying to me because of their "one-dimensionality": a limited ability to superimpose simultaneous layers which could make up complex musical textures. Karlheinz Stockhausen's 1966 composition Solo, was one of the first attempts to overcome this deficiency with the help of electronics. STRINGendo and Flautando are based on a similar idea. The playing of the performer is transformed into MIDI data. The MIDI data is processed on four independent layers by a computer program I've written which then control a sampler, playing all sorts of sounds and noises previously recorded from the particular instrument. Pitches and velocity values can be transformed, notes can be delayed, a played note can trigger many other notes etc. Each of the processing parameters can either be exactly determined, or it can be defined as a random interval within which the processing will be carried out. The live performance keeps the piece fresh while the fact that processing is done on four separate layers enables the performer to trigger complex musical textures.