Reflections on Duel; performers, performances, technology and the audience
Duel – for piano and sound projection is a large-scale composition by Rob Godman commissioned by Philip Mead in 2006 with funds provided by the Arts Council of England. It has received performances by both Philip and Xenia Pestova (SARC, Belfast, ICMC 2008). The work addresses a number of issues, most notably the relationship and interaction between pianist and sound projectionist and between performers and audience. With the hindsight and experience of composing/performing a new concert hall composition, this paper will reflect on the initial aims of the work and how it has evolved through rehearsal, performance and observation. It will investigate the effectiveness of the available technology and compare existing tools and instruments used in the work with new tools created specifically for the job (code, hardware). It will offer alternative ideas on technical developments involving mixed media. It will conclude by making a proposal for future developments including the formation of a Centre of Excellence, focusing on the study and art of live performance with technology.