In behape the sonic spectrum of two clarinets (1 clarinet in Bb,
1 bass clarinet) are combined with their
electroacoustic derivates. Two loudspeakers are set up, one speaker behind
deals with fundamental questions of connecting acoustic and visual information.
Can we always trust our eyes, do we hear what we see, how easily can our
perceptual system be tricked?
play their instruments without amplification, but throughout the course
of the piece acoustic and
electroacoustic sounds get intertwined more and more, tricking our senses.
All electroacoustic sounds are untreated
sound samples of clarinet playing. Sometimes certain tones are faked by
the musicians by performing the respective
visual gestures only, yet the actual sound is projected from a loudspeaker.
By creating an ambiguous perceptual situation
where visual and acoustic elements sometimes don't match, the usual predominance
of visual information is abolished.
This compositon was
made possible with support by SKE-Fonds, Austria.
Vienna, March 2006 (premiere)
Stump and Heinz-Peter Linshalm:
Neues Kunsthaus Ahrenshoop,
Germany, September 29th, 2006
Matthias Badczong & Christian Vogel: clarinets
Festival SonoAustria '07, Centro Cultural de la Villa, Madrid, October
Duo stump-linshalm: clarinets
Sonic Circuits, Pyramid
Atlantic, Washington, DC, September 30th, 2008
Pamela Helton & Ben Redwine: clarinets