CROWS EVERYWHERE ARE EQUALLY BLACK

Composer: 

Alternate Title: 

CROWS EVERYWHERE ARE EQUALLY BLACK

Year Authored (or revised): 

2008

Instrumentation : 

clarinet, 'cello, DVD (audio/visual)

Duration (min): 

9

This work features live performers “playing along” with a DVD of an accompaniment movie, so that visuals will be projected above or to the side of the performers, and the soundtrack of the DVD will be heard over a stereo playback system.

The performers, who are reading a performance score, should follow the cuing directions in the score in order to maintain synchronization with the DVD playback. There are also “stopwatch” timings in the score, so if one of the performers starts a stopwatch at the beginning of the DVD, these timings can be used as a backup system for synchronization.

Depending on the size of the hall, amplification may be necessary for the performers, through traditional microphones and speakers. These may be mixed in with the DVD sound, but in larger sound systems, with diffusion, may be kept separate from the DVD playback.

The accompaniment movie was produced in Final Cut, with sounds being processed beforehand in Reason and Soundhack software. Processing of the video elements, particularly in terms of speed, was done directly in Final Cut.

Most of the video and sound elements came from personal video filming in Massachusetts, with some synthesized sound used for percussive sections of the soundtrack, and for use in convolution.

The demonstration DVD includes a copy of the complete accompaniment movie, and a copy of this same movie with concert audio mixed into the soundtrack.

WiemannCrowsEverywhereExcerpt.mpg

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