benjamin thigpen

  paths 2011
  turn 2010
  still 2009
  shift 2009
  head transplant experiment 2008
  malfunction30931 2007
  undertow 2006
  brief candle 2005
  0.95652173913 2005
  incandescence 2003
  espoir 2003
  balagan 2001
  not even the rain 2000
  step,under 1998
  dust 1997
  ashes,ashes 1996
  h 1995
  appel 1995
  dédale 1994
  études au mouvant, 2e livre 1994
for electronic ensemble

Performed by CLSI
29 May 2009
Les Voûtes, Paris
– 2nd interpretation –


shift creates a net or a web in which everything is connected, in which the fundamental level is the connection itself rather than the “things” connected. And the unfolding of the piece (its shape or form) is the continual process of change (evolution/devolution/mutation) – the shifting – of these connections.

No sound per se is specified in the score, only the relations among the musicians. Each event produced by one musician arises in relation to those produced by the others, and has consequences for all the others.

Each musician plays an electronic “instrument” of his own design, which should have its own personal character and be clearly distinguishable from those of the others. He must listen attentively to the others and react, following a changing set of guidelines which is the score. Thus while he is free to play whatever sounds he wants, all his actions are conditioned by those of all the others around him, with and through whom he coexists.

shift was composed for the ensemble CLSI, who premiered the piece at Les Voûtes, Paris on 29 May 2009.