a cross-media project for video, electronics, amplified ensemble
John William Dunne, aeronautics engineer, soldier, philosopher, and fly-fishing lover, wrote An Experiment With Time in 1927. In Dunne’s work, the past and future, premonitory dreams and dreams that reference neither reminiscence nor anticipation coexist. Daniele Ghisi, the young Italian composer and mathematician, boards this curious time-dilating machine. How can we escape from the idea, or the illusion, of an irreversible temporal flow? Through aliases projected on screens and electronic databases, this installation accommodates several different series—a day, a year, a life—each considered as a polyrhythm.
“An Experiment with Time” is a project involving the creation of a piece for video and electronics, and culminating in a “live” version of it, for amplified ensemble, video and electronics. The piece might last about 30 minutes, and is inspired by John W. Dunne’s book of the same name.
The ensemble might be a sextet (e.g.: fl., cl, pf, perc., vln., vcl), or a slightly bigger one. All players will play with click track, without conductor. The ideal situation thus is that the piece could represent an event in itself, and not one of the pieces inside a concert schedule.
Concept, music, video and animation
Freely inspired by the book
"An Experiment With Time"
by John William Dunne
An Ircam/Divertimento Ensemble production
Computer design carried out at IRCAM-Centre Pompidou Studios
Storyline and script
The experiment cards are drawn by Luca Nava
From Old Books (fromoldbooks.org)
Karl Jahnke (sillydragon.com)
Copies of the Illustrated London News shown by kind permission of Illustrated London News/Mary Evans Picture Library
Audio credits (from freesound.org):Trebblofang, empraetorius, HollowRiku, lucaslara, nebulousflynn, exterminat, Omar Alvarado, RutgerMuller, Runey, SunnySideSound
Additional thanks to
Maria Giulia Ganassini
Virgilio Maffeis and family
in collaboration with
with the support of
Ulysses network, European network for young creation, supported by the European Commission Culture program
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission