Displacements 1b

for violin, clarinet, 'cello, electronics
By Douglas Boyce

displacements 1b is part of a series of works, which will use spatialization to interrogate the role of embodiment in musical performance. The term embodiment refers to the manner in which the performer’s physical self is the source of the sonic component of music, the spatial and temporal location of musical action and decision-making, and (in many contexts and for many people), the figure or emblem of music itself. The work involves the projection (or diffusion) of the live sound of the performers through an array of speakers, and the movement of performers on the stage or in the performance space. These devices are used to literally alienate the performance from the performer, and in doing so call attention to these basic elements of the grammar of performance.

Other works by Douglas Boyce:
“Once when father (George Ives) was asked: 'How can you stand it to hear old John Bell (who was the best stonemason in town) bellow off-key the way he does at camp-meetings?' his answer was: 'Old John is a supreme musician. Look into his face and hear the music of the ages. Don't pay too much attention to the sounds. If you do, you may miss the music. You won't get a heroic ride to Heaven on pretty little sounds!'”
--Charles Ives