The Instrument
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The Instrument


DSCN4979The Instrument is an interactive live-electronics computer system programmed in SuperCollider. The computer can be triggered by any number of 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. Thus, The Instrument can be presented in a format of a staged concert or well as a sound installation, allowing for both musicians and for audience to interact with the system by engaging in an improvisatory game of exploring the possibilities and limitations of the system.

The Instrument uses pre-recorded audio samples, mainly of voices reading list of musical instruments and musical actions (e.g. pluck, bow, improvise, slower, softer, etc) in various languages. The itirative process of recording the samples is part of the composition process, repeatedly re-defining the shape of the music.

The open-ended qualities of these work allows different realizations, depending on the on the conditions of each performance. Three of these realizations are:

  • A radio recording played by Hatzatz (at Kol Hakampus, 106FM, Israel). The voices speak in Arabic, Russian and Hebrew:


  • A studio version by Roberto Garretón (elect. guitar) and myself (cb.):


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


More pictures of the installation:

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