Introvert and extrovert.
Crying and laughing.
approaches the microphone. When he tries to speak, the sound feeds back –
wildly. A barrier to communication.
the starting point for Crying on the inside (Laughing on the
outside). It seemed to me that the cliché of the comedian’s split
personality – hiding but with a need to be exposed; the outward, the inward;
extrovert, introvert – could be present in any type of performer.
interested in the notion that a feedback loop, at first an offensive noise,
could be slowly mastered and transformed by the performer into a tool for
expression. The flute player’s gestures - the position of his body, even the
shape of his mouth – all affect the pitch and intensity of the feedback.
As for the
percussionist – perhaps it is the equal and opposite side of this split
personality. The inside of the piano (in this case, played by a percussionist)
becomes a resonating chamber for the flutist’s thoughts and actions. But
somehow at the same time it is the audience – reacting. We hear laughs but are they with the performer or at
the end it all explodes in a cacophony of ‘comedic’ percussion clichés. Crash,
bang, wallop – pure slapstick.
was composed during my time at the International
Academy in Frankfurt, Germany.
It was premiered by Daniel Agi (bass flute), Asuka Hatenaka (percussion) and
Michael Nitschke (electronics) on March 6th 2007 at the Haus der
Deutschen Ensemble Akademie, Frankfurt.