for large ensemble, computer-generated sound and light [2018]

Marko Nikodijevic and Robert Henke with Ensemble intercontemporain


June 8 2018
Cite de la Musique
Paris
France

From Within… is a brave and adventurous journey into previously uncharted territory, combining influences from contemporary works for ensemble with the rich, raw and precise powers of current computer music. The pioneering usage of wave-field-synthesis and the integration of a sculpture of LEDs behind and above the ensemble creates a unique immersive audiovisual space.

We aim for an experience at the intersection between concert and installation, allowing the audience to focus on the work’s grand gestures as well as diving into minuscule detail.


In From Within…, archaic and repetitive movements provoked by large tectonic shifts in structure take place alongside kinetic forces of contraction and expansion and ephemeral, intimate moments suggesting a different and more static concept of time. The title refers to the core process of creativity, bringing hidden ideas to the surface. It also evokes the picture of vulcan eruptions, of a strong force that has to be unleashed.

We merge electronic sounds and the rich world of acoustic instruments into one beautiful, inseparable, complete and monolithic unity. Sophisticated technology allows us to define our own sonic universe, ranging from near infrasonic bass frequencies to crystalline microscopic glitches, executed dynamically and with precision, matching and interacting with the acoustic abundance created by some of the world’s most talented instrumentalists.

We have full control over colour, direction and intensity of light inside the concert hall, made possible with a LED sculpture located above the ensemble, in front of and behind the iconic horizontal array of loudspeakers used to create the three-dimensional sound field. Light and movement are treated with the same amount of fine-grained detail and precision as the sonic part of the composition.

From Within… is a comissioned work by the Ensemble intercontemporain, in collaboration with IRCAM and d&b Audiotechnik.