événement sans titre II – john cage
événement sans titre II: live performance with compositions from john cage
performed by ixtla percussion quartet (yin-hué wang, thibault buchaillet, clément ducol and sébastien le guenanff)
danced by antoine roux-briffaud
stage direction by thomas gourdy
electronic instruments design, computer music design, and soundscaping by alexis baskind
refering to theatre piece ou untitled event (happening in 1952 by robert rauschenberg, merce cunningham and john cage), the ixtla ensemble develops in événement sans titre II the idea of a multidisciplinary show based on john cage’s work, with dance, lectures, instrumental and electroacoustic pieces.
«I BELIEVE THAT THE USE OF NOISE
wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise. when we ignore it, it disturbs us. when we listen to it, we find it fascinating. the sound of a truck at 50 m.p.h. static between the stations. rain. we want to capture and control these sounds, to use them, not as sound effeets, but as musical instruments. every film studio has a library of »sound effects» recorded on film. with a film phonograph it is now possible to control the amplitude and frequeney of any one of these sounds and to give to it rhythms within or beyond the reach of anyone’s imagination. given four film phonographs, we can compose and perform a quartet for explosive motor, wind, heart beat, and landslide.
TO MAKE MUSIC
lf this word, music, is sacred and reserved for eighteenth- and nineteenth-century instruments, we can substitute a more meaningful term: organization of sound.
WILL CONTINUE AND INCREASE UNTIL WE REACH A MUSIC PRODUCED THROUGH THE AID OF ELECTRICAL INSTRUMENTS
most inventors of electrical musical instruments have attempted to imitate eighteenth- and nineteenth-century instruments, just as early automobile designers copied the carriage. the novachord and the solovox are examples of this desire to imitate the past rather than construct the future. when theremin provided an instrument with genuinely new possibilities, thereministes did their utmost to make the instrument sound like some old instrument, giving it a sickeningly sweet vibrato, and performing upon it, with difficulty, masterpieces from the past. although the instrument is capable of a wide variety of sound qualities, obtained by the mere turning of a dial, thereministes act as censors, giving the public those sounds they think the public will like. we are shielded from new sound experiences.
the special property of electrical instruments will be to provide complete control of the overtone structure of tones (as opposed to noises) and to make these tones available in any frequency, amplitude, and duration.»
John Cage, The Future of Music – Credo