90th birthday of French composer, Pierre Boulez

21:45 28 June in Prosound News

In celebration of the 90th birthday of French composer, Pierre Boulez, Prosound was proud to partner with violinist, Waldo Alexander, and Dr Cameron Harris from WITS School of Arts, in presenting the South African premiere of Anthèmes 2 for solo violin and live electronics at the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg.

Mark Malherbe, Prosound technical director and sound designer for this project, set up an array of Prosound’s own Maestro speakers in order for the piece’s spacialisation to be performed. The technological accompaniment of the violin was achieved through specialised processing equipment and software, and both violin and accompaniment was performed through 8 carefully rigged Maestro speakers, each transmitting sound at different intervals, thereby immersing the audience in a unique sound experience.

The lengthy applause at the end of this piece was evidence enough of its effect on the spectators present; complete amazement at the technical difficulty of the performance and the realisation of its significance of this event in South African music.

Pierre Boulez