Variazioni su Space Invader

The pitch material and overall rhythmic structure of this piece is derived from a slow movement of a string quartet I wrote a few years ago for the Lydian String Quartet in Boston, titled “Space Invader”. The electronic sounds are made from re-synthesis of cello sounds transposed and timbrally morphed. The visual component is a 3d representation of the electronics: they provide the electronics sounds, usually existing only in the aural realm, a physicality, a visual raison d’être. With this idea in mind, I decided to avoid any representation of the acoustic cello sounds since the performers’ movement and gestures provide their own raison d’être.

Michele Zaccagnini