beshadowed,  Alpen-Adria-Universität, Klagenfurt (AUT), 2008





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Composition for Flute, Violoncello, Sound- and Light projection (2002, revised 2013)

About the shady omnipresence of future and past, the foreshadowing and the repeating. Windows of light and sound emerge. Acoustic sounds of flute and violoncello disperse, overshadowed by their electronic transformations, performers (re-)appear as coloured shadows. Musical shadings in an interplay of development and repetition, improvisation and composition.

In beshadowed, the acoustic sounds of two instruments (flute, violoncello) are combined with audio samples of the same origin. Both performers are positioned behind translucent paravents and lit from behind, casting coloured shadows onto the screens. Thus, acoustic and visual stimuli are separated, and recombined in new ways. The title beshadowed refers to the shadow as a compositional, visual and temporal-transcendent model. Throughout the piece, instrumental and electro-acoustic sounds are often indiscernable, it remains unclear whether certain sounds are pre-recorded ore created live by the performers. This disorientation offers a new way of listening, a more abstract appreciation of all sound in space.

Duration: beshadowed I (2002): 34‘
Duration: beshadowed II (2013): 19‘
Instrumentation: Flute, Violoncello, Sound and Light Projection
Equipment: Multi-channel audio system,
transparent screens, light choreography

Performers of premiere: Eva Furrer (fl), Michael Moser (vc), Bernhard Gal (sound- and light direction)
Commissioned by Jeunesse.

Selected performances

œnm . atelier, Salzburg, January 30th, 2013
Campus Musick, Alpen-Adria-Universität, Klagenfurt (AUT), November 2008
Festival Nuova Consonanza, Rome, December 2006
Festival Sound Travels, Toronto, August 2006

Jeunesse Concert Series 'Fast Forward', Porgy & Bess, Vienna, March 2002 (premiere)

beshadowed is featured in Gal's Book & DVD
Zwischenbrücken, edition sp ce | Gromoga, Austria 2015

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beshadowed,  Alpen-Adria-Universität, Klagenfurt, 2008

[ beshadowed at Alpen-Adria-Universität, Klagenfurt, 2008, photos: B. Gal ]
beshadowed, Sound Travels, Toronto 2006
[ beshadowed at Festival Sound Travels, Toronto, 2006, photos: B. Gal ]