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IRCAM Talks #008

"EROR ( the pianist), fantasmagory for a disguised pianist, performers, electronics, and animated graffiti theater"
November 19,
6 p.m.
Ircam
salle Stravinsky

Free entry, limited seats available.

The composer Georgia Spiropoulos presents her new work, EROR (the pianist), with Benjamin Lévy, computer music designer.

A city where the inhabitants are ghostly silhouettes in color, a “disguised” survivor-pianist who obsessively repeats the word “error”, a piano-brain that remembers all the music (and forgets it right away), the flawed sonic geography of a city emptied of its inhabitants.

EROR, a piece for musical theater combining live performance and animation, inspired by the word λάθως (láthos, error), a graffiti tag repeated on the walls of Athens during the financial crisis. The work refers to political, geographical, and societal instability via the digital instability—the introduction of randomness and algorithmic error in the musical material, in the sound, in the image. The musical and sound scores (piano gestures, short tomb-tributes, live sound actions, and field recordings) are transformed and broadcast in the concert hall, on stage, and inside the piano with the assistance of a complex computer environment. The performance includes intermission-happenings where the disguised performers’ sound actions effect the acoustic and electronic sound. The stage space is defined by video projections of animated shadows—a parade of figures that move and travel indiscernibly, colored shadows of the residents of an emptied city.

  • Georgia Spiropoulos avec Alvise Sinivia, pianiste, en studio à l'Ircam  © Murielle Ducas, Ircam
    Georgia Spiropoulos avec Alvise Sinivia, pianiste, en studio à l'Ircam © Murielle Ducas, Ircam
  • De gauche à droite, Sylvain Cadars, ingénieur du son, Alvise Sinivia, pianiste, Benjamin Lévy, réalisateur en informatique musicale, et Georgia Spiropoulos, compositrice  © Murielle Ducas, Ircam
    De gauche à droite, Sylvain Cadars, ingénieur du son, Alvise Sinivia, pianiste, Benjamin Lévy, réalisateur en informatique musicale, et Georgia Spiropoulos, compositrice © Murielle Ducas, Ircam
  • Esquisse de Georgia Spiropoulos  © Murielle Ducas, Ircam
    Esquisse de Georgia Spiropoulos © Murielle Ducas, Ircam

IRCAM Talks

IRCAM Talks present the technical and/or artistic aspects of a creation, a residence in artistic research, a creative process, or an artistic motivation/career. These participatory seminars are open to the public and intended for sound professionals, artists, scientists, teachers, students, makers, designers, inquiring minds…

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