Premiere of Network, for gamelan, electronics, and light. Special thanks to Anmaro Productions.
The Augmented Gamelan project was developed to explore the boundaries of tradition and establish better methods of integrating gamelan music with electronics, finding ways to share visual and acoustic space.
Javanese gamelan music is based on a system of parts that fit together across many instruments, forming a kind of meshed sonic structure that can be expanded and contracted in time. The augmented ensemble extends this relationship to incorporate electronic sound and light. Devices attached to the instruments turn them into metallic speakers, meaning that they can be shared between human players and a computer. Patterns flicker in and out of focus, engulfed by deep gong tones; rhythms and timbre are stretched out to reveal hidden sound worlds, all interspersed with traditional songs about love and death.