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Sprechmaschinen : for trombone, video and tape

by Caroline Wilkins (1993)

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Work Overview

Sprechmaschinen is a work for solo trombone, sound / image diffusion and lighting. The performer is surrounded by the crackling sounds of early gramophone recordings, as if in the middle of an old film, the horn of the trombone responding to that of the other talking machine. Through the interaction of these 2 megaphones a temporal dialogue takes place, in which the visual presence of performer and instrument take on an important role.

Work Details

Year: 1993

Instrumentation: Tenor trombone, pre-recorded sound material on CD and pre-recorded video on DVD.    

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — part should be memorised, involves extended techniques, improvisation ability.

Commission note: Commissioned by Michael Svoboda.

First performance: by Michael Svoboda — Nov 93. Galerie Rabus, Bremen, Germany

related to my other instrumental theatre works.


Sprechmaschinen by Caroline Wilkins

'Sprechmaschinen' or 'Talking Machines' is an instrumental music theatre work for trombone, video projection, sound diffusion and choreographed movement. This excerpt is from the first performance in 1993 with Mike Svoboda, trombone, at the Galerie Rabus, Bremen.


Performances of this work

Nov 93: Galerie Rabus, Bremen, Germany. Featuring Michael Svoboda.

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