moments before the eruption
Whether imagining an eruption of a volcano or the emotional outburst of a person: the time before it seems to pass much slower – we are very alert to every single detail.
Performance with ensemble EMEX under Christoph Wagner at UNM, Albuquerque on March 28, 2018.
An iPad is used to play back the electronics.
The electronics are divided into separate events, to be triggered by the conductor at the indicated moments in the score with a foot pedal.
There is no other method of synchronization and no use of a click track. I prefer that the musicians are interpreting their parts and that the electronics are re-aligned to them at the beginning of each event.
The electronics are best played through two loudspeakers placed under the piano, directed towards the sound board.
The mini-jack output of the iPad is connected to the speakers.
Position the iPad as flat as possible to minimize the visual distraction for the audience.
There is no need for microphones nor additional loudspeakers in the concert hall.
The musicians control the electronics without the need of a technician or assistant.
summary of needed technology
– one iPad (battery fully charged)
– two loudspeakers under the piano
– cable to connect iPad mini jack output to speakers
depending on the used pedal, the following items are needed:
using the MIDIExpression converter
(this is the preferred method as it does not introduce any latency between pedal action and sound start)
– one MIDI sustain pedal
– one MIDIExpression converters + iPad Application
– one USB-USBmicro cable
– one Apple lightning-USB adapter
The following two methods connect the pedal through BlueTooth, which introduces a slight latency.
using the BlueBoard
– one MIDI sustain pedals
– one BlueBoard device
using the AIRTurn
– one AirTurn PED device