KISS2014 -- Conductus: Carla Scaletti
Birte Prüfert, Theresa Szorek & Iga Osowska, voice; Franz Danksagmüller, organ; Anne Michael, rehearsal conductor
Reverberation—a quasi-organic process of memory, feedback, and decay—is the “Fifth Element” in Conductus; there are three singers in tap shoes, an organist, and the reverberation of St Jakobi which is treated as a distinct personality and has its own “solos”. Kyma’s role is to capture the impulse response of the environment through two microphones and to use that as control signals fed to a dynamic model of the gene transcription regulation network of the E. coli bacterium (from the net list published by Uri Alon in 2002) that generates sound.
The input to the reverberation is an arrangement of one of the earliest examples of polyphonic music from the Liber Sancti Jakobi (Codex Calixtinus)—a kind of “tour-guide” for pilgrims following Die Jakobswege to St Jakobi’s shrine in Santiago de Compostela. So the music itself is a kind of echo or reverberation from medieval times and the processional is an echo of all the pilgrimages that passed through Lübeck and St Jakobi on their way to Compostela.
By exciting the reverberation in St Jakobi, we might be able to hear, not just this piece, but faint echoes and traces of all the music and words that have ever been spoken or played here over the years. And we can add our own new layer of computer-processed sound to join those echoes.
Friday 26 September 2014, St. Jakobi Lübeck