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Published on Apr 28, 2014
A few excerpts from a performance of Black Box Music by Simon Steen-Andersen with Håkon Stene (box) and Oslo Sinfonietta during the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2012 at the Bates Mill in Huddersfield.
The projection is live-video from inside the sound-insulated box on stage. The 15 musicians are placed in three groups around the audience alternating with four loudspeakers projecting the sound from the microphones inside the box.
The total duration of the piece is around 32 minutes.
Black Box Music (2012)
Black Box Music is scored for percussion solo, amplified box, 15 instruments and video. The starting point is the classical soloist-conductor, only in this case, the conducting and the solo part are one and the same. The setting is a traditional theatre stage with curtains, props and light; only in this case, the stage is also an instrument. Black Box Music could be said to be a deconstruction of conducting and puppet theatre as well as an exploration and exploitation of the audio/visual relations inherent in conducting and staging. The "grand show" is in three movements, starting with 'Ouverture' and 'Slow Second Movement' and then finishing off with the festive, pompous, self-imploding 'Finale'.