"L'instant" (2011) : Solo performance for Karlax instrument and laptop. Composed and performed by Tom Mays. Originally an 8 channel tape piece, it was completely re-constructed as a live solo for the composer performing on a Karlax instrument – a gestural controller developed by Da Fact in France (see dafact.com/). Musically, "L'instant" is a musical interpretation of subatomic instantons, employing rotation and layering of parts who's rhythms and timbres are built out of the combining and crossing of series of numbers... The scenario is roughly “from the big bang to entropy”, and a “surround sound” 5.1 diffusion space is critical to the sense of immersion within the rotating sound objects and textures.
=== About the performer:
Tom Mays: composer, computer musician and teacher -- teaches at the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Paris, and is currently working on PhD at the University of Paris 8 with Horacio Vaggione. He is especially interested in gestural performance of real-time computer systems for both written and improvised music, as well as in interaction between music and video.
=== Recorded at:
11th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. 30 May - 1 June 2011, Oslo, Norway.
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