impossible translations #2

Formation: violin, violoncello, piano + vídeo
Creation: august-september 2011
Premiere: 22th september 2011. Klangspuren Festival (Schwaz, Austria). TRÍO ARBÓS
Duration: 13 min.

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I (0:10) | II (4:15) | III (6:55) | IV (9:08) | V (9:40) | VI (11:12)

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 second work, the departure point is some photo and video footage taken from contrasting situations in several parts of the world: scenes of the everyday working life in the third world, snapshots of war conflicts, protest movements, news… 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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