Ricardo Eizirik

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Placeholder

Placeholder (2020/21)
for (streamed) amplified ensemble, sampler and subtitles
Duration: ca. 24 min

commissioned by ECLAT Festival
written for Ensemble Recherche

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Program text for the 2021 ECLAT Festival:

2020 was a very weird year.
I had planned to take the year off to focus on a stage project. It is a project that has been in the workings for many years and finally everything seemed to align for it to happen. But it didn’t…instead 2020 happened and writing music became something odd and out of place for me. Never in my life has it been so hard to concentrate and focus, never have I been so scatterbrained. I attempted to start this project several times during the year without success.  I accepted that realising a project that was conceived under circumstances so foreign to the ones I have been living with during this year was almost delusional.

noun:
place-holder
/ˈpleɪshəʊldə/
a person or thing that occupies the position or place of another person or thing.

Placeholder names
are words that can refer to things or people whose names do not exist, are temporarily forgotten, are to avoid stigmatization, or unknown in the context in which they are being discussed, or one is unable to or does not care to specify precisely. They are often used as names for sample personal documents (f.ex. credit-card, ID-card, drivers licence, passports and music score) There are also Placeholder names for places, things, companies, pieces and artwork.

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Placeholder (2020/21) exists exclusively as a free-access video-piece online.

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