Sound Piece For Ligeti

The work Sound Piece for Ligeti initiates a dialogue between a swarm of tiny fruit flies and a micropolyphonic orchestral work of Gy├Ârgy Ligeti, inspired by an early musical vision of the young composer.
The almost inaudible sounds of tiny fruit flies were recorded in different glass cylinders when hatching, pupating, flying in and out. The recordings were used for a sound piece that fuses with Ligeti's composition "Apparitions". Played back within the glass objects, the sounds of the wings are interweaving with the orchestra's play, played back by a miniature speaker fixed on the wall. While the playback of the orchestral music is reduced in its size, the fruit fly sounds appear at times unobstrusively, at times overwhelming the orginal musical play.

Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Drosophila melanogaster, glass, food color, apples, shredded paper, speakers, amplifier, cables, microphone, audio player

Exhibition views Museum Ulm, 2018

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in the museum's acoustic background: piano sounds (Nam June Paik) and a singing voice (Glaser/Kunz)

Sound Piece for Ligeti in dialogue with "Apparitions" by G.Ligeti (excerpt)

Semi public space: fly-in and fly-out at the Renaissancehof, Museum Ulm