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Electronics and percussions

Electronics and the Basel Symphony Orchestra Percussionists. A new work with the composer Francesco Paradiso.


Again I’ve been invited to collaborate with the Composer Francesco Maria Paradiso, this time is a piece for percussions and fixed electronic media called “Taran Tam!”
I’ve worked with Francesco creating for him electronic sounds with Max/MSP and the Buchla Synthesizer. The composition will be performed by the Basel Symphony Orchestra Percussionists.

The premiere will be held at the prestigious Dreispitzhalle in Basel (CH)

Das sprengt sämtliche Horizonte: In einem spektakulären Konzerthappening begibt sich ein 14köpfiges Schlagzeugensemble auf eine Passage entlang bedeutender Stationen der neueren Musikgeschichte, unterstützt von handverlesenen Gästen und Live-Elektronik.
Werke von Edgar Varèse, Anthony Pateras, Luigi Nono, Francesco Maria Paradiso, Keitaro Takahashi, Jacopo Baboni Schilingi, Achim Christian Bornhöft, Pietro Luca Congedo, John Cage, Iannis Xenakis und Alex Buess.
Schlagzeuger des Sinfonieorchesters Basel und Gäste
Domenico Melchiorre, Konzeption und künstlerische Leitung

In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Haus für elektronische Künste, dem Elektronischen Studio der Hochschule für Musik Basel und der Christoph Merian Stiftung
FREITAG, 4. MAI 2012
20.00 Uhr – ca. 24.00 Uhr
Türöffnung: 19.00 Uhr
Dreispitzhalle Basel, Helsinki-Strasse 5, Münchenstein

Eintritt: CHF 35 / 20 (Schüler, Studenten, Lehrlinge)
Vorverkauf: Konzertgesellschaft Tickets (im Stadt-Casino) / 061 273 73 73 oder www.ticketcorner.ch www.sinfonieorchesterbasel.ch







– energies collisions transformations- 

Ionisation  – Edgar Varèse (1883-1965)
for twelve percussionists and piano, (1931)

Refractions – Anthony Pateras (*1979)
for percussion sextet, (2009)

 Con Luigi Dallapiccola – Luigi Nono (1924-1990)
for six percussionists and electronics, (1979)

 „Taran Tàm!“ – Francesco Maria Paradiso  (*1960)
for twelve percussionists and digital soundfile, (2012) world premiere

– 30 Minuten Pause –

– in time and space –

Bricolage  – Keitaro Takahashi  (*1986)
for six percussionists and live electronics, (2012) world premiere

Igitur Semper –  Jacopo Baboni Schilingi  (*1971)
for solo trombone, percussiontrio and live electronics, (2011)

 Infrarot – Vision Impossible – Achim Christian Bornhöft  (*1966)
für 4 Schlagzeuger und Stereotonband, (1999)

Clinamen –  Pietro Luca Congedo   (*1977)
for 6 percussionists, mechanical drum, automata, and live electronics, (2012) world premiere

Imaginary Landscape No.5 – John Cage (1912-1992)
for any 42 phonograph records, (1952)

– 30 Minuten Pause –

– out of order I out of border –

Orient Occident – Iannis Xenakis  (1922-2001)
for tape, (1957)

Mind Machine – Alex Buess (*1954)
für Schlagzeugtrio, Tonband und Live-Elektronik, (1990/91) world premiere


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James Joyce and Electronic Music

Unexpected Word Space: the theater of sound


My latest work was a collaboration with the Italian composer Francesco Paradiso. Together with Massimo Marchi at AGON and the actress Adele Pellegatta, we have created a very singular performance of words and sounds based on a Finnegans Wake extract.

Of course there is a link between this work and that of Berio/Eco in the famous Thema, Omaggio a Joyce. We’ve honored it creating an 1950s electronica soundscape that well represented the paradigm of the RAI Studio era, but we headed on a different use of language. We didn’t chopped words, we used them taking care of their semantic value.

Adele Pellegatta read a chapter of Finnegans, while a 9 channels PA system is filled with delays and live electronics constantly moving in space and interacting with the voice. As a matter of fact each electronic event is controlled by the voice. The text itself is music, it has a vast number of onomatopeic sounds trough all the lyrics. Located across a river with an incredible number of words (or segments of words) that refer to rivers’ names, it is very clear that Finnegans Wake has an aquatic soundscape. For this reason the synthesis section and the delays were all imagined as “pictures” of water, or allegories to better say.

Adele PellegattaThe performance was premiered at the San Fedele Auditorium of Feb 27th, 2012






Unexpected Word Space by Francesco Paradiso
Excerpt from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake


Concept and direction by Francesco Paradiso
Voice: Adele Pellegatta
Programming, sound design, live electronics: Giorgio Sancristoforo
Sound direction: Massimo Marchi
An AGON production

Francesco Paradiso (left) Massimo Marchi (right)
The custom software for the performance