ENSEMBLE PAMPLEMOUSSE AUTUMN EXTRAVAGANZA!!!
Skitter explores the emotional and physical stresses of infestation. Living in New York City means that, inevitably, you will have some unwanted pest-guests in the privacy of your own home. This piece exposes the audience to the physical discomfort and emotional paranoia of infested living through sound, light , masks, and motion. Glitchy itchiness and fervent scratching is strongly encouraged!
Jessie Marino 2010 (World Premiere)
5 parts, each written on a simple repeating curve, with equal numbers of measures, existing independently until their unique time structures meld to create interlocking patterns of twos and threes, phasing through varying degrees of synchronicity, delicate order held together by a web of ratios.
Natacha Diels 2010
On Structure II
A narrative necessarily disjointed. As perceptual impulses are relayed, the participants are required to react to cues (aural, visual, physical), and make sense of a rapidly descending concentric circle of contradictory input. Signification, once held in lock-step with narrative continuity, is re-contextualized; subverted and distorted.
Andrew Greenwald 2010
Just as I was finishing the piece, I stumbled on this copy of Gaston Bachelard's "The Poetics of Space". It turned out that the only chapter included in the .pdf was chapter 4, entitled "nests". When I saw the word, all in helvetica lowercase, with the hazy gradient of grey near the spine of the inner pages from the xerox machine, something clicked. In the newly finished draft of the piece the scratchy pencil marks seemed to form straw like patterns, and the short grains of electronics I heard to be flittering birds' wings or brittle strands quietly being crushed under their weight. And quite literally, the piece is technically constructed out of nested repeat signs. One repeat begins, with another inside it, with another inside that, and so on - each instrument playing at their own rate, so that the material is woven circularly around the center point. The various elements of timbre are woven around each other throughout the piece, occasionally coming to rest in one sound, focusing - and then continuing around the the spindled form.
"I found a nest in the skeleton of the ivy" - Yvan Goll, quoted in the opening of the chapter "nests" in Bachelard's "The Poetics of Space"
Rama Gottfried 2010
The Grid (Symbols + Numbers + Text)
* Symbols – a musical event represented by a sign
The Grid = visual organization of these events
David Broome 2010