violoncello and 8-channel live-electronics year: 2015 duration: 18:00 min studio: Harvard University dedicated to Séverine Ballon first performance: September 26, 2015 by Séverine Ballon , Festival Kontakte, Academy of Arts, BerlinSince 2012 I had multiple work periods with the French cellist Séverine Ballon who inspired me immediately with her sense for sounds and her curious experimentations.
pressure-divided is the result of our meetings, where we improvised, recorded a rich spectrum of sounds and experimented with relationships between instrumental gesture and live electronics.
The work expresses changing mental states in which we find ourselves when under pressure and a variety of influences, while trying to pursue our own ideas and goals.
The desire to perceive a clear manageable structure gets repeatedly interrupted by contrasting elements. In the second half of the work develops a fragile pursuit of simpler musical phrases and longer time spans.
The title also refers to the opposing protagonists instrument and electronics, as well as the formal structure of the composition.