ALFA#6_ There Was Something Delicious In The Absurdity

~ for Accordion, Trombones, Harp & String Orchestra • 2'18"

This piece was created with visual artist Joel Daniel Phillips and presented at Hashimoto Contemporary art gallery in San Francisco in December 2018.

Joel and I met in an art residency in Taos, New Mexico, in 2014 and talked about collaborating for a while. For “There Was Something Delicious In The Absurdity”, he made these 21 fantastic drawings creating a loop of 26 seconds that repeats 5 times before the music starts over.

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Because it is looped all day every day in the art gallery, I divided the piece in five 26-seconds sections and set up a computer system that would call a random section every time the visual loop starts over. That way the order of the piece becomes unpredictable.

Joel's work can be found at www.joeldanielphillips.com

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An other version of the music was created for live performance. To make it possible, I mapped the correct strings, harp and brass notes to the buttons of the Roland electronic accordion and triggered each of the 5 sections with a foot controller while playing the regular accordion part. This system allows me to play at whichever tempo I feel like for each performance.