With the audience positioned in the center of a loudspeaker cube, an elaborate, kinetic, three-dimensional sound environment can be projected into the audience space, totally immersing the listeners in the music. At this concert Bartlett will play trichotomic ecology, a composition for 5 octave marimba, viola, and percussion. Musicians in the ensemble read notation determined by composer-created computer algorithms. In addition to the computer responding to the direction of the composer, the computer also ‘listens’ via microphones to the performers and responds to what it ‘hears’ according to the algorithms. Since trichotomic ecology does not rely on traditionally explicit notation, it emphasizes the unique musical personalities of the live performers.
The three-dimensional sound environment alone makes Bartlett’s work transcendent, and the superb acoustics and intimate space of LNAC ensure that this concert will make for the best possible presentation of the work.
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