Exoplanets… They are far away from our homeland Earth. Their appearances are so appealing, mysterious and unique. In infinite space, those exoplanets and their diversity in terms of colors, mass, movements among each other seems like they are in discord however, there are some kind of harmony in macrocosm. The thought of settling an exoplanet makes people curious and excited. Also, the fact that the existence of non-humanoid life activities at undiscovered planets and to know that we are not alone in entire universe,regardless of whether they are hostile or friendly, intelligent or basic life forms makes them so appealing. Even the imagination of witnessing a nice sunset with two sun like at Keppler-16b is so exciting.
On the other hand, maybe, only the imagination itself is the source of the excitement. Maybe the reality is much more different than what we imagine, if we could have gone there, because of the gravitational difference or the weather conditions, like extreme cold or hot, or the hostile alien life forms, we would not face that exaggerated happiness. The pure happiness of the imagination and the expectations maybe cannot match with the reality. In this piece, each instrument has its own temporal space which serves to overall texture of the music which contains a constant process between harmonicity and inharmonicity.
Musical Choices, Spatialization and Setup;
Through the piece I behaved all instruments and tape as individuals as a reference to planets. They all have different perception of time and space. The electronic part is fixed and performers have headphone click tracks for synchronization. I used 6 speakers for performance 1 speaker for monitoring. With 6 speakers I used only the frontal 180 degree (crescent moon shaped angle) of the audience for spatialization. My aim with using electronics are using it as 5th instrument in the ensemble which cannot be differentiated from acoustic instruments and for using space as x/y dimentions and also for glueing sound that are the part of acoustic world . The sound of instruments also came from speakers which helped overall music to blend well. To use the space of concert hall, I used max/msp ircam tools (spat). While I was working on tape parts, I automated position of the sounds from ableton live to max and recorded electronic parts on Max.
Hezarfen String Quartet;
Özcan Ulucan, 1st violin
Şenol Aydın, 2nd violin
Ulrich Mertin, viola
Gökhan Bağcı, cello
Bilkent Hezarfen Academy 2018, closing concert Bilkent Concert Hall, 1 March 2018