*IMPORTANT: best if listened to on Hi-Fi equipment or with headphones*
For percussion and piano, with vocal interludes
Commissioned originally by Makoto Nakura.
Performed by Aiyun Huang; percussion, Thomas Rosenkranz, piano; Tony Arnold, voice
SoundSCAPE Festival. Maccagno, Italy. Summer, 2015.
Video by Tina Tallon.
© 2015, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez. All Rights Reserved
Kikai no mori
I. Tinguely [after Arthur Ganson's Tinguely in Moscow]
II. Genghis? [after Rodney Brook's Genghis]
III. Machine with Chinese Fan [after Arthur Ganson's Machine with Chinese Fan]
IV. Mandala Tequila [after Iván Puig's Mandalas para la vida moderna]
V. Machine with Wishbone [after Arthur Ganson's Machine with Wishbone]
VI. Machine with Artichoke Petal? [after Arthur Ganson's Machine with Artichoke Petal]
VII. Things that Go... [after The way Things Go by Peter Fischli and David Weiss]
Kikai no mori [...Ex Machina II] is an adaptation of "...Ex Machina", which was originally written for marimba, piano, and symphony orchestra.
Chance Forest Interludes, Texts
I. From point to line: Going out for a walk [Paul Klee]
II. Genghis...You switched it on, and it walked. But the walking isn't programmed in "I-think-therefore-I-walk, and-how-I-walk-is-'I do-this-and-I-do-that'". Instead, it's all these little feedback loops, and when you put it all together, the robot walks.
A well-respected professor from Germany said "But how do you tell the robot what to do"?
I don't tell the robot what to do. I switch it on...
and it does what is in its nature. [Rodney Brooks]
III. Follow the feeling of the piece; then wrestle it into being [Jean Tinguely]
IV. I imagine myself as a machine. What would I love? I would love to be bathed in oil. [Arthur Ganson]
V. Rise above the weight of the world; show, with all your gravity, the secret of lightness [Italo Calvino]
VI. The only thing that stays is movement. [Paul Klee]
VII. From point to line: New life on old soil. No here, no there. Only everywhere [Paul Klee]
VIII. Poema 12.
They admire, they desire, they gravitate
they caress, they undress, they osculate
they pant, they sniff, they penetrate
they weld, they meld, they conjugate
they sleep, they wake, they illuminate
they covet, they touch, they fascinate
they chew, they taste, they salivate
they tangle, they twine, they segregate
they languish, they lapse, they reintegrate
they wriggle, they squirm, they orchestrate
they fumble, they fondle, they punctuate
they swoon, they twitch, they resuscitate
they sulk, they pout, they contemplate
they ignite, they inflame, they incinerate
they erupt, they explode, they detonate
they nab, they grab, they dislocate
they clinch, they clutch, they calcinate
they solder, they squeeze, they conflagrate
they shudder, they choke, they consecrate
they redden, they madden, they subjugate
they paw, they claw, they assassinate
they repose, the loll, they oscillate
they splice, they smolder, they colligate
they abate, they alate, and they levitate. [Oliverio Girondo]