A self-portrait on glitch (2017)

for soprano saxophone, motion sensor, live-electronics and live-video

Program notes

Frenetic technological progress, which keeps growing without any limits or horizons, in the last years has resulted in a palpable alteration of the perception of ourselves and of the social collective. The possibility of creating an avatar, a fully customizable digital profile to be presented in a likewise human-created virtual collective, is blurring more and more the line that divides physical body, soul, and digital self-representation. “A self-portrait on glitch” is an abstract reflection on how technology has altered (permanently?) the concept of self, and on how much control we think we have on our digital avatar.

Composed in one month during the Atlantic Music Festival (Maine, US), “A self-portrait on glitch” is a project for the Future Music Lab program, directed by composer and violinist Mari Kimura. The piece incorporates the “mugic” motion sensor designed by Mari Kimura and Liubo Borissov, who also assisted the piece in the audiovisual part.