Latin American Electroacoustic Music Collection

Rodrigo Sigal, Rimbarimba, 2002

Recording time: 14 min 56 s.
Instruments: Marimba and electroacoustic sounds

Other resources available:
- About Rodrigo Sigal
- Compositions by Rodrigo Sigal

About this composition:

Rimbarimba was composed as part of the project "Far from silence" with percussionist Robert Esler. Throughout various sessions in England and the US the piece evolved into its final form which consists of a score and a max/msp patch in order to trigger the required stereo sound files from the computer.

The creation of recognizable links between different media is one of the main concerns in Rimbarimba. The integration of rhythmic and spectral materials from the live instrument and the electroacoustic counterpart became central to the piece. Therefore, Rimbarimba can be considered as a mix between artificially generated sound worlds, layers of recorded sound related to the marimba and a human element that works as a "catalyser" at multiple musical levels. I wanted this piece to be more of a process of exploration than a pre-planned set of musical rules. Decisions were constantly taken in order to emphasise some of the elements that emerged throughout the compositional process.

Rimbarimba was commissioned with funds from the USA-Mexico fund for culture. Created in the composerÕs studio in London (2001-2002) the piece is also the result of a working with the performer and integrating his helpful advice.