Stelios Manousakis: Composition, programming, clarinet, electronics
The piece Palpebla Resonoj #1 is an open composition for feedback-augmented clarinet and real-time processing, taking its final form in performance. It explores hybrid acoustics through the resonances and dynamic behavior of a sonic chimera: a self-designed, self-constructed (and self-repaired) electro-acoustics alto clarinet, created from a 60+ year old, discarded instrument.
The clarinet is the central element of a compound hybrid sound synthesis system which involves acoustic, electric and digital sound paths, all interferring and interacting with one another. Its body is used at the same time as an acoustic instrument, an interactive acoustic filter, resonator and feedback chamber, a synthesis controller, and a sound diffuser.
The project forms part of long-term research in digital musical instrument design, sensing, haptics, acoustics, and non-standard digital sound synthesis and processing, and has gone through several iterations. Palpebla Resonoj #1 features a sensor-less version of the instrument, using audio analysis to control and modulate electronic processes purely through the sound generated inside the instrument.