JOAKIM – SEMI CONDUCTOR
“Semi-Conductor” is a musical performance created by Joakim following his residency at Studio Venezia (the installation/recording studio created by Xavier Veilhan for the French pavilion at the 2017 Venice Art Biennale) and the subsequent album “The Studio Venezia Sessions” that was released by Vinyl Factory in June 2018.
Somewhere between the musical performance and the installation, “Semi-Conductor” proposes to transform the spatial configuration and the experience of a typical concert (i.e. a center stage in front of an audience, the sound is coming off stage in stereo). Here, there is no stage, no center either, instead, the instruments are scattered around space, with their own amplification system creating a multi-diffusion sound throughout the space.
There is no pre-written music, the music is created “in-situ” with the audience input hence the idea of Joakim acting there as a “semi-conductor between” the audience and the music. Like at Studio Venezia, Joakim will ask a few people in the crowd to write a word and pick a letter. The word will be transcribed into a chord following a translation system Joakim created and the letter will provide the key of the song. Then Joakim will create a piece based on the key and chord, going from one instrument to another, activating sounds and patterns, improvising on an instrument while he let others play continuously.
Semi Conductor premiered on the terrace of Villa Madicis, Roma in June 2018. Watch a video here.
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