A transdisciplinary Project by Pascal Schumacher, Ian Monk, Mich Welfringer and United Instruments of Lucilin.
Premiered at Rainy Days Festival, december 5th 2009 at Philharmonie Luxembourg
video teaser by Jean Huot
Is it a love story? No doubt. A piece about the strange relationship between people and their computers? That, too. (It contains, among other things, quite a few irritating spams refreshingly sandwiched into music.) Is it experimental literature? Of course, or at least in part, given that one of the participants is a member of the Oulipo group, which included Raymond Queneau and Georges Perec. Is it the sound track to an abstract film, in which the actors have been replaced by letters? Yes, in a way (hasn’t Pascal Schumacher said “it’s always more cool to write music for films than any other type”?) When the jazz musician and composer Pascal Schumacher, the typographer Michel Welfringer and the writer Ian Monk join up to create for the United Instruments of Lucilin their CTRL Variations (Control? The control key? The notes C, T, R and L? Or the letters?) they open up the way to a highly controlled loss of control, in a composition for flute, clarinette, string trio, piano, percussion, loudspeakers and three video screens, putting into tight correlation music, text, graphic conception and, yes, several computers (CTRL+ALT+DELETE).