KA is the shadow of the soul. He will be the guide
to a kaleidoscopic passage spiced with the dust of Eastern Religions and
Myths. KA will bring the Egyptian priests' Sun and reveal the greatness
of Ekhnaten, he will bring the Scandinavian Eddas' sea, the earth and the
air of a mythological Japan, and the Islam's false prophet. He will bring
Christianity's reasoning of Good and Evil, he will reveal ancient China,
Pericles's Greece, Addia-Saka's Scythians, the Love of the everyday Man.
The centuries are indeed his rocking chair.
KA proposes a hallucinatory spiraling descent through
the Ages: Time and Space will become one and merge into the Universal,
into Death. The whole World will be brought into play as the Orchestra
to materialize Khlebnikov’s 1916 work. We shall try to conjure the miracle
of Acousmatics: sounds that are normally regarded as non-musical noises
will disincarnate from their daily ordinary function of Source Indexes
and will be allowed to become Music.
KA is a canvas of one hour and forty-six minutes
of organized sound, all tempered with a fictitious orientalism generated
in laboratory. Strange tuning systems, complex rhythmical methods, new
orchestration techniques, all was specially reinvented and designed to
evoke non-existent musical civilizations. The electroacoustic medium is
used in a unique way to generate a world of deceiving realistic appearance
that nonetheless bears the mark of oneiric surrealism.
The sounds used are mostly real sounds, recorded
in real life, real spoken voices, real people singing, concrete sounds
of all sorts and a huge assortment of musical instruments. All was blended,
transformed, multiplied, agglomerated, beaten into shapes, all the way
from the smallest sound particles up to the actual stretched painted canvas
itself by unique computer algorithms specially designed for this project
by the composer himself.
No live performers are involved in the performance
of this work which consists solely on the reproduction of previously recorded
sounds. KA is a digital work in stereo. In its concert version, the two
audio channels of the work are to be diffused live and spatialized through
a realtime digital surround system of eight channels.
The world premiere of KA in its concert version happened
on May 19 2002 at Columbia University in New York City. Some individual
scenes were also played in other places, like the concert of April 27 2002
at Engine27 in New York City, where the scene II of KA was diffused over
1 hour and 46 minutes
concert version is to be diffused live through a realtime processing digital
surround system of 8 speakers.
sound engineering, computer programming, production and direction:
Created at the Zoológico studio,
New York, USA.
based on the homonymous short story
by the Russian poet Vielimir Khlebnikov (1885-1922)
© 2002 by Marcus Alessi Bittencourt
All Rights Reserved
The Scientist from the year 2222
with the jar
The Egyptian Priests
Ramin Amir Arjomand
Marcus Alessi Bittencourt
other singing voices
Mary Catherine Ford
The Bogliasco Foundation
The Computer Music Center of Columbia University