VOM RAUSCH IM SCHWARM I
A work for ensemble:
violin, viola, cello, flute (bass-flute and piccolo), bass clarinet, tenor trombone and wind machine.
With a text by Pia Palme.
Duration: app. 14 minutes.
Commissioned and premiered by Ensemble Reconsil.
12th Septmber 2015, Gols Weingut Nittnaus, Burgenland, Austria
About the piece
In this work, I frame the ensemble as a self-organised community. The conductor can be replaced by a timeline display on a screen/i-phone (but of course a conductor can indicate the necessary timing-signals, too, and is a bit more flexible). The performers occasionally whisper and murmur words; for some words they have to organise themselves into pairs/groups.
A wind machine was added to the cast of performers – I performed that myself. I wanted the physical presence of the machine, which is rather big and bulky.
The title is impossible to translate. I love the German word RAUSCH – it can be translated as intoxication (as from wine, or dance, whatsoever) as well as noise (like from water or wind). An interesting collection of meanings, much more poetic and open than intoxication.
I draw on cultural-theorist Byung-Chul Han’s writings in my title. Han mentions noise and swarming in the context of the digital world, in connection with emotional upheavals in social media. This relates to the structure of the composition – and the wind machine is a bit like this mechanism, too. A big machine to create a lot of windy noise – not much else this thing can do.