the first movement each pizzicato attack causes an
image to be displayed briefly. Certain pitches also
cause audio samples to sound, with the software
deciding which sample to play. As the movement
progresses images of hands on the cello begin to be
blended with images of hands on the body,
symbolizing a blending of the two. The movement ends
with a coda of sparse arpeggiations, triggering
images of feet and hands.
In the second movement the volume of the cello
controls how much of the female form we see at the
beginning, and how much of a large eye is shown at
the end. The critical point in the movement is when
the eye first blinks: at that point we realize we are
not looking at a photograph. The blinking of the eye
references Manet's painting Le Dejeuner sur
l'herbe, a painting in which the gaze of the
nude female is directed at the viewer, reversing the
roles of object and viewer. In my piece the blinking
reverses roles and the audience is now being
observed: this gaze is strengthened with the
subsequent multiple eyes. Following that we are
drawn completely into the eyes, accompanied by an
ascending cello tremolo.
(Video currently not available.) The final movement is a frenetic collage of audio
and image, combining processed acoustic and
electronic sounds with cello and body projections.
The result is a disorienting flow of sound and light
culminating in the performance of the now-merged
body and instrument.