Black Box Music

Performance given during the festival Wege Der Wahrnehmung in Neubad (Luzern) the 5th April 2019

Concept and Music imagined by Simon Steen-Andersen
Black Box Construction and realization: Pia Matthes
Performer: Corentin Marillier
Technic/set-up Audio & Video: Emilio Guim

Black Box Music is an ambitious piece that mixes music, video, light and scenography.
This „Black Box“ is a „miniature theater“ where a camera diving at the end of the box films, the actions of the hands of the percussionist who are projected in real time on a giant screen placed at the back of the stage.
To the gestures or manipulations of objects of the percussionist, respond musical actions performed by 15 musicians divided into 3 groups around the public. The starting point is the classical soloist-conductor, only in this case, the conducting and solo part are one and the same. Black Box Music could be said to be a deconstruction of conducting and puppet theater as well as an exploration and exploitation of the audio/visual relations inherent in conducting and staging.