multichannel granular synthesis performance [2011]


Dust is a slow and intense exploration of textural sounds, pulsating polyrhthmical loops, and rich harmonic drones. The are shredded into microscopic particles, filtered, transformed and recomposed in an improvised performance. Dust is a complex living beast, developing further each concert, with old parts being removed, and new elements added.

Several special versions have been derived from the original concept, including 'Standford Dust' during a residency at The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) in 2013, using mainly recordings taken at the campus and 'Venice Dust' based on field-recordings taken in Venice during a resideny in the city, presented at Palazzo Grassi in 2019.


The sources are leftovers of digital processes, material created with old analoge synthesisers, noises of all colours and flavours, field-recordings; splashing waves from a shingle beach, captured on site in Australia, a massive storm, steam from my Italian coffee maker, crackles from the lead-out groove of a worn record, hum and electrical discharges from a large transformer, collected over several years, and refined and deconstructed in various ways.


Dust is based on self-written granular synthesis algorithms. During the concert, the sources are remixed, further modified and distributed in space, sometimes barely audible, sometimes very physical and intense, spanning a spectrum from the lowest possible rumble to crystaline highs. Every performance is different, and offers a intimate dialogue with the space and the audience.


Dust can be presented in many ways, including a variable number of audio channels. It has originally been composed for a performance in 2011 at the ZKM Media Theater in Karlsruhe, Germany, using a dome of 32 speakers around and above the audience. Other configurations included a version for Hebbel theatre in Berlin, Germany with 16 channels, an adaption for the INA-GRM Acousmonium, and a version for the d&b Audiotechnik Soundscape system.