Octet with live electronics [25′].

Piano, alto flute / c flute, violin, vibraphone, bass clarinet, cello, alto saxophone, contrabass, computer (soundtrack + live electronics).

wavespace is a large scale work for mixed octet, live electronics and live video [Joost Rekveld]. The underlying concept of the work concerns the idea of multidimensional space, the transformation of forms into a hyper-real space where the material convolutes, dissolves or fractures into multiple dimensions. On a sonic level this is created through an intricate weaving of pointillist patterns achieved using independent click-tracks for every musician. The material of the ensemble which waxes and wanes in fluctuating wave patterns is further transformed by the processes of the live electronics which breaks down the music into horizontal (harmonic convolution) and vertical (pulse) constituents and displaces these layers within virtual spatial dimensions. There is a sense of shifting point of view and scale, as the relation between the ensemble material, played the octet on stage, and the digital convolution and splintering of it radically modulates. As the piece progresses the detail seems to increases, but so does the space that it is occurring in also expand. The effect is of a organically morphing space that enfolds the music, but is at the same time the being driven by the subtle changes on its particle level, the grain of the instruments themselves.

The music can be ordered from Donemus Publishing House, Amsterdam.

performance history

  • 10 November 2011; Premiere by ASKO | Schoenberg at Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam .
wavespace score
wavespace score.