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Concentric Motion : Concerto for Piano, Voice and Gestural Controller

by Mary Mainsbridge (2012)

Work Overview

As part of an exploration into the possibilities of movement-generated-and controlled music, Mainsbridge composed a suite of Gestural √Čtudes, in which she experimented with a range of control gestures, sound synthesis and processing methods, and an orchestral work: Concentric Motion: Concerto for Voice, Piano and Gestural Controller. Each √©tude focused on a different form of gestural control and audiovisual environment. The composition process, which overlaps with interface design, examined methods for channelling my movements as a performer into digital signal processing and virtual instrument control parameters during electro-acoustic performance.
The overarching aim behind the pieces was to develop improvisational techniques integrating my expressive gestures. The eight-minute piece incorporates both vocal and piano augmentation and digital signal processing of the overall sound. As a soloist, Mainsbridge alternately processed the input of the acoustic piano, voice and orchestra with her arm movements. A particle system, visualising audio input levels and joint positions, was projected onto two screens positioned at either end of the stage.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: Piano, voice, gestural instrument, bass, drums, 17-piece orchestra.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Contents note: I. Movement 1 - A -- II. Movement 2 - B -- III. Movement 3 - C.

First performance: 1 Dec 12.

Prizes/Awards: Shortlisted for the innovative category of the innovative category of the International Spacetime Concerto Competition 2012.


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