THE LAST PLACE (LEFT) / INTENTS


Baritone Violin: Katryn Hasler
Accordion: Florine Juvet
Composition/Electronics: Marcel Zaes
Installation/Video: Anna Schölß

In the dim light of the room you can barely make out a number of tent-like objects which, after looking at them for a while, reveal themselves to be sculptural screens with colour painting on them. In combination with a poetic video, they form the room installation named INTENTS. Scattered between the tent sculptures, three musicians perform THE LAST PLACE (LEFT) with utmost concentration. Through their strong and almost motionless scenic presence, they become an essential part of the installation.

With THE LAST PLACE (LEFT) the Bern-based composer Marcel Zaes creates a fragile sound landscape, which moves familiar things into a surprising light. The deliberate surrender of virtuosity and melody puts the focus entirely on the inner self of the sound and the rhythm that is derived from prime numbers. Subtly handcrafted electronic sounds mix inseparably with the baritone violin and accordion. THE LAST PLACE (LEFT) is at the same time machined poetry and groovy sound carpet.

The artist Anna Schölß from Munich uses these sounds as a backdrop to place her nomad-inspired tent objects labelled INTENTS in the concert room. These objects have been generated from abstract colour painting and drawing; they make the tent – the oldest human mobile form of living – the central theme as a place at which the internal and external room are divided only by a thin membrane. Short video cuts of nature and light studies, made visible on a transparent tent membrane, amplify the installation. In combination with the music, this poetic place becomes a concert stage. The sound structures amalgamate with the shapes, colours and surfaces of the tent objects and become for the audience a projection screen of their own associations.

CD Release
The CD “THE LAST PLACE (LEFT)” was released in October 2011 by Tonus Music Records. Photographs of the installation INTENTS by Anna Schölß are shown in the CD artwork. It is available on www.tonus-music-records.com

Text: Marcel Zaes and Anna Schölß
Graphic design and layout: Andrej Marffy
Translation: Erich Petricevic

www.marcelzaes.com

How did this project use Max?

MAX/MSP is used as an algorithmic generator of the rhythmical structure of the sound, as a sound generator and as a live electronic interface for realtime processing of the instrument's signals (baritone violin and accordion). Therefore a killswitch (time-based gate) controls the volumes of the instruments and creates rhythmical patterns out of long-sustained notes. Furthermore, MAX/MSP is used as a classical mixing board at the live performances.