Gocco Music for a Ghost Bird Print


Gocco Music for a Ghost Bird Print


Gocco Music for a Ghost Bird Print (2012)
Renaissance Soprano Recorder, Violin, Violoncello

Premiered in Berlin, June 9th, 2011 at Concert Klang im Wandel by XelmYa Trio*, to whom the piece was especially composed for.

Duration: 7’

It’s inspired by a beautiful print by American artist Julianna Swaney. 

The print was created using the “Gocco” print process, which is a Japanese color screen-printing system developed in 1977 by Noboru Hayama. Resembling a toy, the system works using flash bulbs, a carton-based image or photocopy and an emulsion-coated screen; when the bulbs are manually flashed, the carbon in the drawing burns the screen into a stencil.”Gocco Music for a Ghost Bird Print” is about ‘baroquism’, and also about ‘birds’ – or ‘baroque birds’ – sweet, elegant, grotesque, bizarre, charming, distorted ghost birds tweeting and/or blabbling all the time in one’s mind. Taking the all possible meanings of the word ‘recorder’, i.e:

record (v.) early 13c. “to get by heart,” from O. Fr. recorder “repeat, recite, report,” from L. recordari “remember, call to mind,” from re- “restore” + cor (gen. cordis) “heart” (as the metaphoric seat of memory, cf. ‘learn by heart’); Meaning “set down in writing” first attested c. 1300; that of “put sound or pictures on disks, tape, etc.” is from 1892.

I get a sort of a polysemic game connecting Swaney’s print metaphor with the musical composition itself, making the music sounding ‘baroquely’ feminine, just a little bit psychedelic but displaying sensuality, beauty, good mood and poetry.

* Sylvia Hinz – Renaissance Soprano Recorder
* Alexa Renger – Violin
* Marika Gejrot – Cello

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