Ilya Ziblat

llya Ziblat

The Instrument


The Instrument is an interactive live-electronics computer system. The computer can be triggered by any pitch-producing resonating object – musical instruments or any kind of objects. There is no score or any instructions, and no limit on the length of the performance.

The Instrument uses pre-recorded audio samples of voices reading a long list of musical instruments, musical actions (e.g. pluck, bow, improvise, slower, softer), musical instructions and so on in several languages. The repeated recording process – recording the entire list of words by different speakers in different native languages – became an intergal part of the composition process, a persistent re-defining and shaping of the material for each performance.

The Instrument can be played in a staged concert or as a sound installation. It invites the participants, both professional musicians and non-musicians, to interact with the computer and to explore the possibilities and limitations of the system.


Radio recording by Hatzatz (at Kol Hakampus, 106FM, Israel). The voices speak in Arabic, Russian an Hebrew



Sound sculpture / installation, with audience participation (7.July 2013, Soundmine, Musica, Neerpelt. This was the first version of The Instrument)