EVOL will perform Opus17aSlimeVariation#5 live on 27th March 2015. The work will continue as an installation until 17th May 2015.
Post rave algorithmic computer music duo EVOL have made a new work for Call & Response’s 13 speaker immersive sound system. Opus17aSlimeVariation#5 is a very free adaptation of Hanne Darboven's 'Opus 17a' (part of her Wunschkonzert, 1984). It is part of a series of seventeen adaptations called Opus17aSlimeVariations that began in 2014 and have been presented both live and as an installation, but using different sound materials each time.
EVOL’s approach to the original score focuses mainly on time manipulation. By playing around with note durations and repetitions, the grid of four note patterns that make up Darboven’s piece becomes a very different sonic experience. Much in the same way that they tackled Ligeti's iconic 'Continuum' in a series of pieces (they call them "approximations" rather than "covers"), their version is both a tribute to the original as well as an experiment on distorted temporality.
Opus17aSlimeVariations was originally developed in collaboration with British artist and programmer Guy Birkin.
"The works of Hanne Darboven work like a mountain: the top can’t be seen from the bottom, the base disappears from the summit, the whole escapes the climber as the pilot misses the point, it stands as metaphor for something that exists metonymically, exists as a surplus of the Real with an excess of the Symbolic, and is both of the moment and continuously monumental."