Muscular Musical Interactions

Saturday 8 September, 2018 at 8pm

Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta (MALTA)


Renowned contemporary pianist Tricia Dawn Williams performs work by Tokyo-born avant-garde digital composer Atau Tanaka, before Tanaka himself performs a selection of his work. Tanaka’s pieces look at different ways in which forearm muscle tension can be used to sculpt sound. A sensor system detects the electromyogram (EMG) signal, electrical impulses from the nervous system causing muscle tension, and renders a musical instrument the performer’s own body, allowing him to articulate sound through concentrated gesture.

The performance will also include a selection of pieces performed by Williams, including the premiere of All Work and No Play by Maltese composer Ruben Zahra.

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LE LOUP  by Atau Tanaka

SUSPENSIONS for piano & EMG sensors by Atau Tanaka

LIFTING by Atau Tanaka

ALL WORK AND NO PLAY for piano & video by Ruben Zahra

MYOGRAM by Atau Tanaka

TRANSIT for piano & video by Michel van der Aa

PIANO COUNTERPOINT for piano & tape, arrangement by Vincent Corver (2011) of SIX PIANOS by Steve Reich