Thomas Royal

Composer | Pianist | Technologist


Soft Stings of a Cold Dead Image

May 11, 2007

Soft Stings of a Cold Dead Image, for computer and performer, explores the dichotomy between autonomy and control. The performer speaks the words of the title in a slow, fragmented manner. The pacing of this performance is more or less precisely directed by instructions given on the computer display. The direction of control is an inversion of the instrument performer relationship: rather than the performer being the player of the instrument, the instrument, in a sense, is the player of the performer. The dichotomy is most present when at the piece’s conclusion, the technology breathes through the stolen breath of the performer.

Here is a video demonstration of the score:

Here is a studio recording: