The String Quartet with windows, open (SQWWO) is a violin quartet consisting in 4 independent but closely related voices, each of which is generated and visualized on a laptop computer by an HTML5 script acting on a composed set of 1024 violin phrases, that in turn were created from a library of violin samples played and made available by a musician that I only know by his moniker: ldk1609.
The SQWWO is meant to play for 24 hours, somewhere in an indoors space, but with the windows to the outside world wide open. The original version is a round-the-clock 24 hour recording that was realized in my Parisian living room over a period of 6 months, in 72 parts, each lasting precisely 20 minutes.
The first full 24 hours live rendition of the SQWWO took place this summer in Brussels, in Recyclart's 'Vitrine 5' (as part of the Nuits du Beau Tas live summer sessions supported by the sound arts festival City Sonic and the Transonic label), from 20h on Thursday July 9th, 2015, until 20h the next day, Friday July 10th, 2015, underneath the tracks of the Belgian railways leading to & fro the Brussel-Kappellekerk/Bruxelles-Chapelle railway station. The generated violin voices were supplemented by additional live playing, by Matthieu Safatly on cello, Baudouin de Jaer on violin, Pierre-Jean Vranken and Jacques Foschia on electric violin, Jean-Jacques Duerinckx on sopranino sax, Thomas Dawamesk on outside spray can, Martine Doyen on a little Korg organ, and several others.
A one hour piece edited from the recordings of the 24 hour Brussels live event is released by the Transonic label, in a limited edition on cassette, and as a digital album available on Bandcamp.
This page is a SQWWW0 Live in Brussels Picturebook.
Read more on the Brussels event: (Elastic Lecture Nr. 3)
august 30, 2015.
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