Prometheus 2015 Symphony for Orchestra, Light and Video
live video composition 14 x 5 m (46 x 16 ft)
Composer Phillipe Wozniak
Sound and Colour
Symphonisches Jugendblasorchester Friedrichshafen
Graf-Zeppelin-Haus, Friedrichshafen, Germany
Philippe Wozniak's composition Prometheus 2015 premiered Sunday May 10th 2015.
This work was inspired by the Russian Composer Alexander Scriabin.
"The symphony "Prometheus: the Poem of Fire (1910) by Russian pianist and composer Alexander Scriabin (Moscow, 1872-1915) was the first composition in history to include notation for lights, interlacing color with sound to create multi-sensorial harmony.
Scriabin envisaged the use of a color keyboard to transpose the "Luce" part of his score into colored light projections for his symphony, associating the 12 tones of the chromatic scale with 12 colors that changed in conjunction with the basic tones of the harmonies.
A specially designed multi-color light projector with colored light bulbs was made from the model by physicist Alexander Moser for the first performance of Prometheus, which was given in Moscow on March 15th, 1911, but the machine that was supposed to perform the lighting part did not operate. The first public presentation of Scriabin's symphony accompanied by colored lighting occurred a year later at the Carnegie Hall in NY. The color portion of the score was played with a color-projection instrument, later named the Chromola, made by Preston S. Miller, a specialist in lighting."
From the Catalogue for "Art or Sound" exhibition at the Fondazione Prada in Venice in 2014.
For Philippe Wozniak's version of Prometheus 2015, I developed a series of short videos from the landscape and urban settings. I am onstage with the orchestra using VJ Software Resolume Arena with an AKAI controller to coordinate photographs and color into layers of imagery in response to the music. The colors shift in speed, intensity and transparency to the movements: Will of the Spirit, Humanity, Dreams, Damnation, and Freeing of Prometheus.
This work is supported in part by Netzwerk Neue Musik , Baden-Würtemburg Stiftung, Kulturbüro Friedrichshafen and Sparkasse Bodensee.