This composition was commissioned by Maarten Quanten & De Nieuwe Reeks and is dedicated to my good friend Matthias Koole who played the first performance.
It was composed to be premiered in a 100% guitar-program, including duo’s by Lachenmann and Oehring, and solo’s by Helbich and Ronsholdt, in which the physicality of performing music in general and more specifically guitar-music is investigated.
In “Not I”, after Samuel Beckett’s homonymus theatre piece, I envisioned to create a disorientating musical environment in which the relation between the physical act of playing the guitar and the resulting sound is blurred in different levels (What you see isn’t necessarily what you get!)
To do so, I designed a digital sound-processing environment in MAX/MSP based on granular processes. This “black box” is being placed in between the electric guitar and the amplifier, disrupting the “direct line” between guitar and amplifier.
As the composition evolves and this “black box” changes into an autonomous instrument (from the start on handled by another musician), the “distorted guitar-monologue” becomes a dialogue between the guitar and the live-processed guitar-sounds.
Naar aanleiding van het concert op 20 december 2007 nam Aurélie Walschaert een interview af van de twee uitvoerende gitaristen, Matthias Koole en Kobe Van Cauwenberghe, en met componist Stefan Prins.
Matthias en Kobe, kunnen jullie wat meer vertellen over jullie achtergrond/opleiding/interesses en hoe dit alles jullie ideeën over muziek mee bepaalde?
Matthias: Ik heb tot...
Stefan Prins - "Not I" (fragment) - for electric guitar (Matthias Koole) and live-electronics (Stefan Prins) - De Nieuwe Reeks - STUK - Leuven - 20/12/07
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