Angharad Davies | Christoph Schiller | Erik Ca rlsson | Magnus Granberg | Marjolaine
Charbin | Dafne Vicente-Sa ndoval | d’incise | Eric Ruffing | Andrea Neumann | Jonas
Sebastien Branche | Katt Hernandez |
Variations 2ais an ongoing composition that will be developed on this website over
the next few months. It will take the form of a kind of relay, with each musician
contributing a 5-minute piece and then choosing another musician to pass the work
The piece starts with a solo by Christoph Schiller, who chose to pass on to Angharad
Davies. Angharad recorded her 5-minute piece and overlaid it on top of Christoph’s
solo, and then passed it on to Marjolaine Charbin. When Marjolaine had recorded her
5 minutes, she laid it over Angharad’s solo, and then passed it on to another music,
and so on, so that a chain-like structure develops.
You can hear the piece as it has evolved so far by clicking on the image below.
Christoph Schiller’s solo CD ‘Variations’ has a simple but brilliant structure in
which a series of 5-minute pieces are linked in a kind of chain or canon:
A, A+B, B+C, C+D, D+E, E+F, F+G, G.
‘A’, the first track on the disc, is simply a recording of a 5-minute solo improvisation.
On track two that recording is repeated, but a second 5-minute piece (B) is overlaid
upon it, giving A+B. On track 3 the second improvisation (B) is in turn repeated,
but mixed together with a new 5-minute piece (C), so the third track becomes B+C,
and so on. So each 5-minute piece is used twice, once mixed with the piece before
it, and once mixed with the piece after it. The final track - G - also appears twice,
first overlaid on piece F, but then finally as the solo which concludes the CD.
30.00 - 35.00 Magnus Granberg + Dafne Vicente Sandoval
35.00 - 40.00 Dafne Vicente Sandoval solo
Next contributing musicians: d'incise, Andrea Neumann, Eric Ruffing
Variations 2bis structured similarly to Variations 2a, but differs in three ways:
• Christoph has pre-selected the musicians who will take part (see list in the box
• Whereas on ‘Variations 2a’ the musicians hear the whole piece as it is developing,
on ‘Variations 2b’ the musicians only hear the piece immediately before their’s,
which may lead to a more disjointed and varied music.
• Whereas ‘Variations 2a’ will be presented as an ordinary, linear piece of music,
on ‘Variations 2b’ the final piece will link back to the first, so that the music
will ultimately form a circle: an hour-long piece that cycles continuously without
beginning or end.
You can hear the piece grow by clicking on the image below.
Variations 2is a project involving two new pieces of music which borrow their structure
from Christoph Schiller’s solo CD ‘Variations’. On that CD Christoph combined several
solo 5-minute performances in an overlapping, chain-like structure.
For a fuller explanation of the structural concept, see Structure below. But you
don’t need to understand the structure to enjoy the two new pieces - Variations 2a
and Variations 2b - on which a range of musicians have been invited to produce their
own 5-minute pieces, which are then linked together in the chain-like structure.