english: mazes for two pianos and live-electronics year: 2010 duration: 24:00 min studio: Harvard University and EMPAC dedicated to Jacopo Baboni Schilingi first performance: January 21, 2011 by Jennifer Hymer and Bernhard Fograscher , Klub Katarakt Festival - HamburgThe composition is about memory and could be compared to a walk through different mazes (Irrgärten).
Both pianos constantly play very similar material and build up very energetic dialogues and at times a common voice.
The piece is structured in sections of contrast. Little by little, excerpts of later sections are appearing like foreshadows. While the composition progresses, certain sections of earlier material are partially or entirely repeated - though, the electronics are different for those repeated piano parts.
While walking through the maze one tries to get a picture of the path: certain places look similar, but they are different in reality - one gets trapped.
The electronics are realized with two iPhones or two iPods (4th generation), one for each pianist.
The built-in microphone is used to detect piano notes and to synchronize the electronic sounds to the live part.
recording with Yamaha Concert Disklavier
piano parts without electronics
recording of first performance with Jennifer Hymer and Bernhard Fograscher
New setup for electronics (2017)