Godfried-Willem Raes


for electric violin and voice, dancer, invisible instrument, robot orchestra and laptop computers


This interactive piece for violin, voice and laptop computer was written on request for Moniek Darge and her Yamaha electric violin. It is performed as a trio, where the nude dancer plays the invisible instrument controlling a given section of the robot orchestra, whereas other robots are controlled by the input from the violin and the voice. Each performer operates within his own confined area of the stage, without any spacial interference. On the computer a large variety of real time robot mapping and processing modules are programmed. These modules can freely be activated and combined by the laptopplayer at his/her own discretion and at any time. However many parameters of these processing modules are at any time determined by the violin players as well as the dancers input. Without this input the laptop player cannot do anything. Each module has a specific set of slider controllers that appear on the screen as soon as they are activated.

The minimum orchestration in terms of robots should be:

optional (but implemented) robots are:

Although the duration of the piece is not limited in the software, it should be restricted to somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes at the most. The piece is conceived as a musical game. The 'score' is completely embedded into the software.



Premiere: 28.10.2003 - Gent, Vooruit . (by Moniek Darge, Emilie De Vlam and the author)

Second performance: 05.11.2003 - Ghent, Logos Tetrahedron

picture taken at the Premiere of <Vivoges>: Emilie De Vlam and Moniek Darge, oct. 2003.

Godfried-Willem RAES
Public Domain,October 2003

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