for rooms and live-electronics, with local and remote performer (2020)
This is the first of three variations of the piece Clockwork that all premiere during the fall of 2020. This variation features two spaces, one physical and one digitally simulated, and two performers acting on thoses spaces, from two separate places. The physical space is the staircase in the IEM building in Graz. There, one performer, Eckel, will manipulate a mobile speaker. The simulated space is a model of the CUBE room at IEM. A remote perfomer in Stockholm, Elblaus, will play in that space, and the resulting sound will be heard in the staircase. All musical material in the piece is made up of acoustic feeback generated in the two spaces, shaped by the positioning of the speaker and performer in the staircase, and by gestural control of digital signal processing in the simulated CUBE.
Ludvig Elblaus is an artist and researcher working primarily with computational materials to create acoustic and electronic music, sound art, audio-visual installations, museum exhibits as well as contributions to collaborative larger works, such as opera, theatre, and dance performances. He received his PhD at the Sound and Music Computing group at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. In his artistic practice he explores generative complex systems, emergence, endless variation and stochastic processes. Materiality and crafting is also central to his work, as well as experiential aspects of very slow and drawn out temporal structures and deep listening.
Gerhard Eckel uses sound to explore unconventional ways of world making. He aims at articulating aesthetic and epistemic forms of listening, engaging all senses and not only audition. His works are the result of research processes drawing on the practice and theory of music composition, sound art, choreography and dance, installation art, interaction design and digital instrument making. Gerhard is professor of Computer Music and Multimedia at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. He also serves as affiliated professor at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and as visiting professor at the Royal College of Music, both in Stockholm.