This interdisciplinary artistic collaboration between Sibelius Academy’s NYKY Ensemble and Liisa Pentti +Co dance group, is a reproduction of Liisa's work “Ref2020” and a live adaptation of Brian Eno’s "Reflection", a performative concept by Liisa Pentti and Libero Mureddu.
"Reflection" is an electronic generative piece for which there is no code available. Libero wanted the piece to maintain its generative nature, allowing the music to be different in each performance. For this, we had to "reverse engineer" what we could hear from the recordings in terms of musical content and the way it was organised.
Jaakko Kilpeläinen and I worked together on transcribing and arranging the music. Jaakko orchestrated the musical fragments and I worked on recreating the generative system and the software for the performance.
I used Cycling '74 Max software to recreate the system. This system chooses the musical fragments to be played real time by the players, who receive the score on their iPads.
With the help of Alejandro Olarte, teacher at the Sibelius Academy in Music Technology, we developed the part of the code that sends the score to the players using DRAWSOCKET platform, developed by Rama Gottfried and Georg Hajdu at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, Germany.
Performers and working group
Performance concept: Liisa Pentti and Libero Mureddu
Arrangement concept, coaching of music, programming of synthesizers and spatialisation: Libero Mureddu
Arrangement and transcription of music: Esther Calderón Morales and Jaakko Kilpeläinen
Orchestration: Jaakko Kilpeläinen
Orchestration coaching: Juhani Nuorvala
Software programming: Esther Calderón Morales and Alejandro Olarte
Live-electronics: Esther Calderón Morales
Music technology coaching: Alejandro Olarte
Consultant: Josué Moreno
Sound engineer: Marko Myöhänen
NYKY Ensemble, music: Cliodhna Scott (flute),Ita Nagode (saxophone), Ilta Attila (saxophone), Tiia Toivanen (percussion), Sesili Saneblidze (violin), Tamar Gvazava (viola), Tomass Ančs (cello), Anders Hellesund (double bass), Mariia Maselska (keyboards), Iivari Aalto (keyboards), Troels Lorenz (accordion), Esther Calderón Morales (live-electronics)
Choreography and dance direction: Liisa Pentti
Liisa Pentti +Co, dance: Ronja Syvälahti, Corinne Mustonen, Pinja Poropudas, Satu Rekola, Kardo Shiwan, Katri Soini
Lighting design: Ina Niemelä
Light technician: Jukka Kolimaa
Costume design: Tua Helve