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LSO Soundhub: Ed Baxter Sketch for the Death of Kodak

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Published on Sep 7, 2012

Soundhub Showcase Concert, Friday 22 June 2012, LSO St Luke's

Elo Masing violin
Dragos Margineanu electric guitar

The score for this work in progress is written onto a digital camera flash unit. This is flashed into the eyes of the performers who then have approximately six minutes until the image on their retina fades beyond recognition. With their eyes shut, they respond to diverse changes in clarity, colour and stability. The work seeks to bring the score inside the human body; and to create a pointedly fugitive score which individual players see once only, fleetingly and within the parameters of their ocular idiosyncrasies. (It transpires that if the performer looks at a blank sheet of paper, the image appears there as equally well-defi ned as inside their head.) My long-term plan is to realise an opera, The Death of Kodak, using multiple flash units and a large ensemble to portray the symptomatic dissolution of this pivotal modernist corporation. Composing can happen anywhere and does not depend on the location you are in at a certain moment. More important than the places you travel to are the people you meet. In this sense, I greatly enjoyed my studies in New York and London because of the opportunities it gave me to meet musicians, teachers and friends.

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