Gabriela Diaz - Violin Solo
Peter McMurray, Ben Guo, Gabriele Vanoni, Ann Cleare - Gamelan
Live electronics - Edgar Barroso
Diffusion - Hans Tutschku
Echoic is a piece motivated by two concerns. The first one being the generation of gestures that are a result of resonance (and vice versa) and the second one is the challenge of using the Gamelan as a different instrument, and try to take a distant from the historic “weight” of such a beautiful instrument. The structure was developed using simple sounds that evolved into more complex ones, and that is precisely the driving building force; evolution. In addition, the piece tries to integrate the Gamelan as an extension of the electronics which is in constant dialogue-processing with the violin. The violin plays a soloist role in this piece but both instruments are to be processed independently in real time. The piece features several aspects that convey velocity and the idea of injection of energy to specific material that will eventually spread to the rest of the musical elements. The Gamelan also is treated as an “amplifier” of the violin ideas. The violinist (Gabriela Diaz) will control the cues for the computer and the Gamelan performers, playing a crucial role not only as a violinist, but also as a sort of conductor in the piece.