Daniele Ruggieri, flute. As an answer to the British involvement in the war, on 7 July 2005 a terrorist attack was carried out in the London underground which caused the death of 52 people. Tony Blair announced this tragedy from Scotland, breaking up the G8 meeting that was then taking place.
“Piccoli Studi sul Potere” (Short Studies on Power) is a collection of pieces for solo instruments and video based on an accurate instrumental transcription of the inflections and rhythms of the spoken voice. The entire compositional processes have been carried out through Audiosculpt and Open Music original algorithms.
The aim of these works is to explore the possibility of translating the rhetorical emphasis of famous political speeches into music, thus emphasizing how the rhythm and 'melody' of the language represent crucial elements for building consensus-searching strategies.
Until now, speeches delivered by Adolf Hitler, George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Barack Obama and Emperor Akihito has been 'translated' for violin, bass clarinet, flute, cello and harp.
“Piccoli Studi sul Potere” can be performed in two forms, both mix the original voice and its instrumental trascription through a multichannel system surrounding the audience. In the live performance version, the soloist sits to the side of the screen on which the video of the speaker is projected; a clicktrack is provided as a cue to mantain labial synchron. In the video version a recording of the live performance is used.
Piccoli Studi sul Potere (2010-2013)
for flute, bass clarinet, harp, violin, cello and video
or for flute, bass clarinet, harp, violin, cello samples and video
Commission and production Ex Novo Ensemble (Venice) and Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi (Florence) . Audio/video postproduction Edison Studio.
Translations, Francesco Cifariello Ciardi e Anna Bissanti for “la Repubblica”