Lux Aeterna : for percussionist with electronics of Light and Sound
by Kirsten Milenko (2019)
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Library shelf no. 786.843/MIL 1 [Available for loan]
A chorale-like setting of vibraphone performance emanating light from both within and around the instrument body.
'Lux Aeterna' is a multi-media work for live performance of percussion (vibraphone), fixed electronic tape and live-mixed lights. Once the pedal has been triggered, the audio will function as an extension of the vibraphone body's natural resonance to further connect a space between light and sound through durations and subtle beats between partials.
The fixed electronic track is entirely derived of sine waves cycling at regular and interlinking paces throughout the work. The sound file can either be played through stereo or quadrophonic setup (with L/R mirrored so that they occur at diagonals) depending on the space.
Composed for percussionist with electronics of light and sound, Lux Aeterna was first performed in an art gallery and has since been adapted for concert settings. It can either be performed by a solo percussionist, or as a duo with the light component mixed live.
Instrumentation: Vibraphone, electronics.
Duration: 12 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Bartlomiej Sutt. In memoriam, Paweł Adamowicz
Commission note: Written for Bartłomiej Sutt for performances at Pulsar Festival (Copenhagen) and Nowa Muzyka 2019 (Poland)
In Memoriam; Paweł Adamowicz.
The composer notes the following styles, genres & influences associated with this work:
Chorale, spectral, elegy, Felddman, Ligeti, Pärt
This piece was first performed in an art gallery and has since been adapted for concert settings. It can either be performed by a solo percussionist, or as a duo with the light component mixed live.
Light requirements (if mixing light with Max Patch) - 4 40-Watt light globes, 4 cables connecting to each globe individually, Stairville DDS-405 (DMX Dimmer and Switchpack), Entec DMX USB pro, 1 light cable.
Percussion requirements - 4 soft mallets, 4 medium-soft mallets, 2 bows, Small light for instrument if hall is particularly dark (should be a slight glow on the instrument to illuminate the bars).
Performances of this work
13 Nov 19: Ny Sal, The Royal Danish Academy of Music. Featuring Kirsten Milenko.
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