Rhythm City : for piano, video sampler and electronics
by Tristan Coelho (2018)
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Library shelf no. 786.2/COE 1 [Available for loan]
Rhythm City explores everyday sounds by bringing together a collection of short, specially-prepared video clips which are looped and developed in real time. The clips themselves centre on rather mundane and commonplace actions and happenings, the idea being that by framing and isolating these scenes rhythms begin to emerge giving rise to a surprising form of music all while time seemingly stands still for the observer. All of this is wrapped up in a type of video-game environment which is controlled by the performer; the pianist plays and manipulates the videos on a midi keyboard while responding to them in the piano part which involves musical ideas inspired by or directly transcribed from the clips.
Instrumentation: Piano solo with laptop running Rhythm City software, audio interface, mics for amplification plus single mic for amplitude triggering, midi keyboard, footswitch (further details in performance notes).
Duration: 17 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Zubin Kanga
Commission note: Commissioned by Zubin Kanga.
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
noise, soundscape, loops, minimalism
- In the form/style of: Soundscapes
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