To conclude the annual Spring Festival of the Royal Conservatoire The Hague an ensemble battle was staged on April 25. On the programme three electronic music ensembles of the Conservatoire: kHz, Sonology Electroacoustic Ensemble and RecPlay.
kHz was introduced by 'coach' Yannis Kyriakides:"kHz stands for kilohertz, but also for Karl Heinz (Stockhausen). For the performers, Andrius Arutiunian, Aurélie Lierman, Darien Brito, Edgars Rubenis, Eirik Brandal and Yael Levy, get together in the Karlheinz Stockhausen Studio of the Conservatoire. kHZ kicked off with a piece by Eirik Brandal, who built six tuned oscillators. Pre-composed pitch material is "confronted" with rythmical parameters live controlled by the performers. Darien Brito extended the experience for the audience by adding a light installation. Dedicated to the memory of the this year deceased Robert Ashley they performed a remix of his 1967 piece 'She was a visitor". A composition for voices, but tranformed in a piece for electronics and one speaking voice. The voice repeats the sentence 'She was a visitor' with specific interval. Around the voice the electronic sounds develop, while sometimes the voice is echoed electronically. This constituted the contribution of the Composition department to the programme.
The Institute of Sonology threw in their Sonology Electroaucoustic Ensemble. With, beside electronics, bass clarinet, electric guitar and percussion. They presented a freely improvised piece.
Sonology Electroaucoustic Ensemble (that is half of them)
After the intermission RecPlay demanded attention. RecPlay is the electronic improviation ensemble of the ArtScience Interfaculty. Standing behind two interlocked tables on wheels the six performers shaped their improvisation. While playing they pushed the tables forward. They let the tables crash into the two meter deep orchestra pit. And that as you can understand was the end of the piece and also the end of the Ensemble Marathon.