impossible translations #1

Formation: bass clarinet (also versions for flute and baritone sax), percussion and video
Creation: march-december 2010
Premiere: 25th may 2011. Mostra sonora de Sueca. DUOMETRIE (CARLOS GÁLVEZ and ENRIC MONFORT)
Duration: 15 min.

→ Complete score (cl-perc.) → Complete score (sax-perc.)

I (0:10) | II (2:26) | III (4:31) | IV (5:55) | V (6:55) | VI (8:51) | VII (11:16)

Impossible translations is a series of works of recent creation in which I try to establish a relationship between music and the outside world by means of a rather arbitrary translation from a non musical input into a playable instrumental score. In this first work, the departure point is some photo and video footage taken from everyday life in Palestine. The material of the score is completely generated through several kinds of video analysis: tracking of movements, colors and forms and their changing and arbitrary assignment to several parameters of the music: pitches, articulations, distribution, dynamics… It’s not about synesthesia, but about forcing a relationship in order to put together two incompatible layers, about the paradox of an impossible music made possible through the materialization of its impossible translation.


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