Augenblicke (In der Isolation...), composed by Alexander M. Smith, is a work for 2 percussionists and motion controlled electronics. Throughout the piece are various hidden (and not so hidden) "moments" that have been the most important and influential musical moments of my life, or the exact opposite. From pop, contemporary, and classical music, all of these moment have led me to ultimately find myself composing this piece, completely isolated in a basement in Slovenia.
The electronics consist of 6 infrared sensors, controlled by an Arduino UNO3, attached to 6 individual loudspeakers. All of the electronic sounds are produced by triggering the sensors and controlling the sounds by vertical motion toward or away from the sensors. Various parameters of the produced sounds, such as volume, pitch, and speed, are then manipulated based on the vertical motion of the performer's hand.
The selected "moments" are meant to exist in isolation from the actual composition itself, having nothing to do with the existing composed instrumental material passing by. Conversely, the composition cannot exist without the support of the moments themselves. The performers do not interact with one another outside of the sensors, which require no physical contact. The performers are also isolated within their own setup, sharing a boarder with one another, yet separated by a physical barrier; ironically being the focal point of the entire work.
Video and audio editing, mixing, and mastering by Alexander Smith