David Alex Sisti – Alto Saxophone
Arash Azadi – Live Electronics
Anahit Ter-Sargsyan – Pantomime and Dance Improvisation

Recorded and premiered at Komitas Chamber Music Hall, Yerevan, Armenia - 28/12/2015

Program Note:
“Y Generation” is the term used for the generation of people born during the 1980s and early 1990s. Absurdities and isolation of young generation caused by the extremely individualistic life style in the era of consumerism and transforming cultural values lead to the identity crisis of our times. This constant inner struggle of the individual in search of meaning and identity has been shown in the piece with the performer’s play with the projection of herself, the missing identity (noises).
Canonic structures of the piece along with its chaotic sonic textures represent the duality of the individual in personal and social life. The absence of silence and the presence of distracting noises are a metaphor of everyday distractions.
Musical variations over the intonations of the poet’s voice show the plurality of transforming values as if they were the echoes of the same identity question of the generation called “Echo Boomers”.
The piece is written on Aram Avetis text “Twin Brothers”, that the poet himself has narrated it in the piece.

Compositional Technique:

The main musical material used in the piece is from tonal and rhythmic analyses of the narrated voice of the poet. The piece has a canonic form, after the saxophone’s intro, the saxophonist begins to play the variations of the poet’s narrated voice (the main theme). It has to be mentioned that the variations are only in pitch and timbre, from the rhythmic structure it stays strictly the same with the main theme. After the first variation finishes, the poet’s narration with the prerecorded prepared piano as well as accompanying electronic sounds will be played, and while the theme is played the saxophonist accompanies (answers the theme) with simpler elements and longer rhythmic values.
The score of the piece is written in boxes, each box has its own musical events. Except the box 0 that is the intro, all the other boxes are arranged in the way that the odd numbered boxes are the variations of the main theme and the even numbered boxes are the accompaniments (answers to the main theme). The piece is written without rhythmic restrictions therefore the saxophonist has a space for his/her interpretation. The only restriction is for the even numbered boxes that must begin and finish with the tape parts.
The live electronics parts consists of improvisations through the live granular synthesis of the saxophone’s sound as well panning the output sound in 4 channels.
The visuals has been created through masking the performer’s body with usage of Kinect motion capturing sensor, and layering a visual noise on top of performer’s body.
The pantomime doesn’t include a predetermined choreography, and leaves a free space for the performer to improvise based on his/her own interpretation of the piece.

The 5 channel tape consists of:
• Voice of poet, that the notes of it are duplicated by the prerecorded prepared piano but variated in octaves.
• Electronic sounds, with different exclusivities in timbre and tone.

software used: Ableton Live, Max for Live, Synapse for Kinect
tools used: xbox 360 kinect, projector
sound system: 5 channel (2 x 2 stereo + center)