Stumme Diener (2011) performance for music stands, loudspeakers, microphones and live electronics, developed together with Susanne Zapf, also featuring pieces by Jakob Diehl and Wael Sami.
commissioned by Klangwerkstatt Berlin
The set-up at the beginning of Stumme Diener: four folded note stands.
In Stumme Diener, music stands are equipped with contact microphones and small loudspeakers. The piece is a continuation of the ideas developed in Music Stands. Several techniques are used to “play” the music stands. The piece starts with the amplification and transposition of the sound of the music stands.
By placing a loudspeaker on the music stands, feedback is created. The music stands are played by changing their height or moving some of their parts. This causes a change in the material in between microphone and loudspeaker and, therefore, also in the sound of the feedback:
At the end of the piece all stands are assembled together, touching each other. The microphones and loudspeakers are now connected in a circle. The sound of the contact microphone, which is attached to music stand one, is emitted to the loudspeaker attached to music stand two. The sound of the contact microphone, attached to music stand two, is emitted to the loudspeaker attached to music stand three, and so on and so forth. The fourth music stand closes the circle, since the sound of its contact microphone is diffused to music stand one. When all four music stands are touching each other, a feedback loop through all four stands is created. This is what happens at the end of the piece, and a continuously playing sound installation is the result. The performance ends by taking down one of the loudspeakers, and in this way interrupting the feedback circle:
Stumme Diener ends with a music stand sculpture, while a feedback loop through all four stands is created.