Sistema di Prossimità | 2018

for violin, cello, double bass and electronics
duration : 40′ [or 9′ if played separately]
première: 17.12.2018 | Schallfeld Ensemble @ Creatie Festival – Royal Conservatoire Antwerp (BE)

Sistema di Prossimità is a cycle of four pieces

  • Prossimo, for violin and electronics
  • Prossimo II, for double bass and electronics
  • Prossimo III, for cello and electronics
  • Sistema di Prossimità, for violin, cello, double bass and electronics

Each piece is of the same length and each one can also be played separately. When the four pieces are played together they should be played one after each other, seamlessly

programme notes
The whole cycle investigates some possibilities of the use of piezoelectric contact microphones. Due to their natural low-fidelity quality, this particular amplification makes sounds closer, giving back a peculiar perception of the sound in the space. Moreover, in these pieces, each player has a mobile piezoelectric microphone used to reinterpret some instrumental gestures, such as glissando, tapping, scraping, etc, produced by playing with the microphone directly on the instrument. This use of the piezoelectric microphone, as a sort of stethoscope on the instrument, emphasizes the smallest sounds, which become even more concrete and detailed: the microphone comes to be the instrument to make audible the proximity of the sound creating a different relationship with the material and its perception in the listening process.