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RotkŠpchen-Begleiter


The album "RotkŠpchen-Begleiter (Red Riding-Hoods Accompanist) was published in Spring 1995 from FONTEC, inc. (Order Number: RZF1010) This Compact Disc contains his four major works composed from 1988 to 1991.


RotkŠpchen-Begleiter (Red Riding-Hoods Accompanist)



RotkŠpchen-Begleiter is a real-time accompaniment system for vocal and computer controlled piano. The vocal pitch and dynamics are analyzed and then processed by computer; the resulting signal prompts the player piano to accompany the singer. This piece was composed as a traditional lied for voice and piano, but here the piano part is created in proces by the vocalist. The vocalist sings a text which has been assembled at random from four of Grims fairy tales: Little Red Riding Hood,Snow White The Wolf and the Seven Little Kid, and Hansel and Gretel as well as a description of the VP-70 (the device used to analyze the pitch of the signal) and the technical description of the piece itself. The vocal melody is the only prepared part in the piece.


DITHYRAMBE



Dithyrambe was composed as a wedding gift for two friends of the composer. The piece conveys a good luck wish to the newlyweds through samples of songs from the Noh play Takasago and the voices of Miwa and his wife. Based on the song data, which was analyzed by pitch, the samples were controlled by the computer program Takasago (designed for this piece) and recorded on tape. The title Dithyrambe (Dithyrambos in Greek) is a passionate choir of the ancient Greek festival of Dionysus, considered the origin of Greek tragedy.


Tršdelmarkt der TrŠume (Dream Market)



This short piece, consisting of a prelude and a lied, was composed for the harpist Masumi Nagasawa. The computer program developed for the piece controls two virtually simulated harps with a harp played by a player, as well as manipulating samples of everyday sounds (such as street noise, childrenŐs voices and the sounds of a crowded cafŽ). In the collage, each sample influences and in turn is influenced by the others. The program is controlled by the harpist, making it possible for a solo performer to perform as an ensemble. The lyrics are from Michael EndeŐs poem "Tršdelmarkt der TrŠume".


La§t uns singen und die Pachamama anflehn !
(Let Us Sing and Pray to Pachamama)



The two movements of this piece were conceived as a story in sound. Using a three-minute loop tape of Bolivian folk music, Miwa designed a program, RRH-TRANS, to analyze the pitch signal of the tape and transform it into a score for eight instruments--the same formation as SchubertŐs octet. The tape is played back at low level on a portable cassette deck on stage. The tape and the ensemble will not necessarily be perfectly synchronized. The material on the tape is music for carnival, sung in falsetto by a choir of unmarried girls. The title is taken from this same music: Pachamama is the goddess of harvest, the earth, the past and the future, inspiring the titles of the two movements "Coming And Going" and "The End Of The Beginning".

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