Reunion, 1968, Performance Marcel Duchamp and John Cage, chess game on sounding board, Photo: Shigeko Kubota.
REUNION2012: A novel interface for sound producing actions through the game of chess
Reunion2012 was first presented during Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival in 2012 as a work for electronically modified chessboard, chess players, electronic instruments and visual effects. The work bases itself on John Cage’s Reunion from 1968. The idea behind Reunion was to reflect the chess game’s flow and dynamics through sound by using a chessboard equipped with sensors which would register movements on the board, and which in turn would result in various sonic results.
Reunion2012 is a technologically and artistically updated version of Cage’s original work, with a revitalised artistic expression and technology that ensures a higher degree of interaction between the chess movements and the sound. Magnetic sensors are mounted underneath each of the 64 squares on the chessboard—effectively turning the board into a matrix that influences the artistic result of the performance.
At the opening of Meta.Morf 2014 Reunion2012 will be presented in a concert format, where chess players will be playing with four electronic musicians, the musicians connected to the system are able to perform music based on the compositional framework defined by the chess game. Put simply, the chessboard acts as the conductor of the music. During the rest of the Meta.Morf 2014 biennale, Reunion2012 will be exhibited as an installation, where the audience can perform music by playing a game of chess where the game itself generates compositions in real-time.
REUNION2012 is made by Eskil Muan Sæther, Anders Tveit (members of SkRR) and NOTAM -Norwegian Center for Technology in Music and the Arts.
Performers at the opening:
Tone Åse -voice & electronics
Øyvind Brandtsegg – electronics
Eskil Muan Sæther – electronics
Anders Tveit – electronics