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ARTIST
TITLE
Synapses IV and V
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
SCD HS 005 SCD HS 005
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
3/6/2000

"Synapses: Jean Luc Guionnet & Eric Cordier (Instrumental device). Synapses is an instrumental device of combined string instruments (acoustic and electric guitars, detuned piano, spinett-vina, hurdy-gurdy and cello), percussion instruments and metal resonators - -all interconnected with double-bass, cello and guitar strings. When one string is played the resulting sound or movement is transferred by the connected strings to the next resonator. Thus one action causes several sound events. In fact, it's impossible to touch one element of the system without getting response of the whole device. Synapses is a hanging sensible network. The suspended instruments are kept in tension by strings and springs so that the system will enter a rocking movement in relation to the sonic in -- and output of each instrument. These oscillations result from the musicians' actions and constitute steady rhythms, the musicians have to deal with. One string generally connects two resonance bodies, so that the resulting sound is in 'stereo'. While the musicians are moving in the scrub of strings and instruments, there is no head-on relationship between stage and audience. In a concert this device is amplified and spatially distributed via 8 channels. In contrast to the usual stage setting, Synapses is located in the center of a space, while the audience is free to move around during performance."