“The Conductor’s Philosophy” – is an audio-visual work composed by Damian T. Dziwis with visuals by Felix Wiethölter. The title is based on the definition “conductor-philosophy” – which describes that the perfect relationship between a composer and an electronic instrument is like the relationship from a conductor to his orchestra. In this work the term is redefined as an duet on a player-piano between our pianist Gabriel Denhoff and an algorithmic “virtual” piano player. Both of them are conducted by Tobias van de Locht – the “eye” of the virtual piano player is a MS Kinect with a special tracking software by Dionysios Marinos. The software transfers the movements of a person into data provided to the algorithms.
All tones played on the piano are visualized with a special square-based mapping, simultaneous played tones are triangulated – building numerous tetrahedrons reflecting the relations between algorithms, the piano as a tangible object, human interaction and visuals.
The number 3 is also the basis of the composition – it’s based on a continuous tone-row of major and minor thirds and the algorithmic computed tones are intervals calculated from the last 3 tones played by the pianist. Beside the scored and algorithmic composition the third layer of the music is the aleatoric-algorithmic electro-acoustic noise- and bass-sound. It’s a metaphor for technical failures in modern electronic systems which are used as a stylistic device.
“The Conductor’s Philosophy” was premiered on the “Sciencity Düsseldorf” Event at the “Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf” in September 2013.