MARC SABAT/LORENZO POMPA WAVE PIANO SCENERY PLAYER
Marc Sabat/Lorenzo Pompa: installation;
Stephen Clarke: piano;
18-hour sculpture/ performance comissioned by Südwestradio (SWR) and installed in the Sternensaal during the 207th
Donaueschinger Musiktage, October 19 - 21, 2007.
Recorded by and with kind permission of Südwestradio (SWR)
1. Part 1: WAKE for JIM
2. Part 2: to Damascus
3. - 22. Part 3: Wave Scenery
(20 equidistant half-wave cycles extracted
from the complete sequence of 424 cycles)
"wave piano scenery player" consists of several artifacts brought into a single structure: large black oil
paintings on paper sheets dividing an automatic grand piano in two parts (sounding body, keyboard); tree pieces of music
hamonically linking the 88 keys of the piano by combining them with mirotonally tuned sinewaves; a subwoofer/loudspeaker
reproducing the elctronic tones; a pianist and a computer, both acting as performers.
The time-based form is deivides into
three parts, in which Sabat composes the same sound material on three different levels of temporal scale. The plastic structure
is defined by a dividing wall consttructed from a series of works by Pompa ("Mapping the Universe"). These were
made by obsessively repeated markings on paper painted with black oil colour, and refer to recent research attempting to
generate a cosmic cartography. For the first two parts of the piece, performed in a concert setting before a seated audience,
pianist Stephen Clarke entered in the usual manner but then disappeared behind the sculpture to play.
On the subsequent days, the third part of the piece was presented as an installation, allowing the public to
come and go freely, to observe the scenery and its individual elements from all sides.