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Passage rehearsals

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We just had a great run of rehearsals last week with percussionist Maxime Échardour.Maxime really enjoyed the sound of the bells built from recycled materials by musician & maker Van Hien Bui: Van-Hien also built a cimbalom that Maxime is going to play: The list of instruments featured for the première will look like:vibraphone with motor (3 octaves is enough)3 tomstam4 DIY bells, tuned to C#, D, G, F# (left to right for the performer)a F# Thai gonga F# ancient cymbal - crotalea DIY cimbalom and a DIY mono string instrumenthidden behind the cimbalom on the pic below, an electronic Farfisa F326 keyboard!no bongos: we ended-up not using the ones on the pic below. For the Chanson section, 4th part of the score, I wrote out a possible realization just for Maxime to play mainly on the vibraphone:

Remembering Oscar Wiggli

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I am sad to report that Sculptor and composer Oscar Wiggli passed away on January 26th, 2016. He was 88 years old.I had the great pleasure to meet with this unique Swiss artist and his wife Janine in 2013. We visited them with Master students who were working on a digital re-creation of the Syhamo, a hybrid synthesizer with digital processing & analog sound synthesis, one of the first interactive pieces of art with live sensor-controlled sound synthesis.
Oscar Wiggli in his workshop. There in Muriaux, we discovered the amazing sculptures kept by the Fondation Oscar et Janine Wiggli. We also met director Claude Stadelmann, who was shooting a documentary on Oscar. This film was shown on the Swiss public channel 2 weeks ago, and is still streaming for 15 days on the RTS-2 web site - you have to stream it from Switzerland: Oscar Wiggli, sculpteur et compositeur. It is a wonderful document, with beautiful footage of Oscar Wiggli working at the Von Roll furnaces.Here is an excerpt showing…