Ricardo Eizirik

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junkyard piece I

junkyard piece I (2014-16)
for an ensemble of musicians and found objects (8 performers)
Duration: ca. 9 min

commission by and written for Ensemble Recherche

junkyard piece Ib
(2016)
for a large ensemble of musicians and found objects (12 performers)

written for Ensemble Intercontemporain

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"Junkyard piece I" is the first of an open series of pieces that deal with everyday mechanical forms and processes as well as with the "collision" between classical instruments and junk/trash (or found objects).  In this piece I try to bring together, in different analogous ways, the following two opposing worlds: the world of high-precision-expensive-classical-instruments with that of cheap-scrap-found-objects-junk-instruments, or the world of contemporary written music with that of everyday noise.  Funnels, tubes, bells, sandpaper, tin cans, the squeal of metal against metal, and the rattling of vibrators are confronted with highly controlled intrumental sounds to create an oblique mechanical sound narrative.  In this series of pieces I am interested in the friction between trivial everyday events and their artificial representation in concert situations.

junkyard piece I & III can be played together as one ca.18 min piece.

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