violoncello and 8-channel live-electronics year: 2015 duration: 18 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.
live recording of first performance with Séverine Ballon