A laptop ensemble composition written for and performed by Tintinnabulate at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY. This piece brings together signal-sharing of group tempo and musical key (similar to Awakenings), circuit-bend electronics and also introduced a “human cyborg” performer who could be instructed by audience in another space within the building to engage (or even interference) in the performance, to dance, etc. Audience members were also allowed to come up to a computer located in the performance space running the software instrument, becoming a member of the ensemble. In this way, the piece played with a hyper-localized sense of expanded presence, with breaking down the “fourth wall” of audience-performer engagement, with shared influence of musical structure, as well as hand gestures and a text and graphic-based score, acting as a centering principle for performance actions.
Composition and Conception:
Doug Van Nort
Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY
Tintinnabulate (Pauline Oliveros, Doug Van Nort, Jonas Braasch, Evan Gonzalez, Zovi McIntee, Sean)
Human Robot: Joshua Shinavier