Hans Tutschku


soprano and electronics
year: 2016
duration: 16:00 min
studio: Harvard University Studios for Electroacoustic Composition
dedicated to Tony Arnold
first performance: December 15, 2016 by Tony Arnold , Hydra concert, John Knowless Paine Hall, Harvard University

This solo work for soprano and electronics explores sonorities of different languages in dialogue with sound transformations.
The composition is based on 'entwurzelt', a work for six singers and electronics from 2012 and searches for meaningful expressions in a language we don’t know.
Musical shapes develop as dramatic expressions, a guiding principle in many of my recent works. The syllables are drawn from many sources and ordered by sound qualities, rather by semantic structures. The tight relationship between the soprano and the electronics invites us to imagine its sense.
The electronics are used to extend the vocal expressions of the soprano, to build harmony and complex sound textures, and at times serve as an element of surprise.



This composition uses an iPad to play back the electronics. The iPad should be on a separate music stand and in the external view of the singer.


As the singer needs her hands to perform gestures in front of her mouth, triggering with a food pedal is more appropriate.

The electronics are best played through two small, high-quality loudspeakers. These Fostex 6301B Monitors have proven to be a good solution.


They are placed on the floor behind the musician and directed upwards in such a way that the best acoustic fusion between the un-amplified soprano and the electronic sounds is achieved. It should not give the impression that the electronics come from the speakers.

The mini-jack output of the iPad is connected to the Fostex monitors with a cable TRS 1/8 inch – TRS 1/4 inch and a headphone extension cord.

There is no need for microphones nor additional loudspeakers in the concert hall.
The singer controls the electronics without the need of a technician or assistant.



The installation and use of the iOS application and MIDI pedal






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