Latin American Electroacoustic Music Collection

alcides lanza, aXions (2002-II), 2002

Recording time: 8 min 35 s.
Instruments: for voice, violin, double bass, percussion and electroacoustic sounds
Recorded at: Composer' studio (SHELAN Studio) and McGill University EMS. Montreal, QC, Canada.
Remarks: Hellen Pridmore, vocalist; Motion Ensemble. Concert recording: Fredericton, N.B., Canada.

Other resources available:
- Biography of alcides lanza
- Compositions by alcides lanza

About this composition:

aXions [2002-II], for voice, violin, double bass,
percussion and electroacoustic sounds

Written for the Motion Ensemble [NB].
axions: (ak'sëin'), n. Physics. A hypothetical particle having no charge, zero spin and small mass [quantum theory]

aXions [2002-II] is a 'story telling' music setting. it is a companion piece with two other compositions by alcides lanza, vôo and ontem. all three share the ancestral story-telling quality [the 'cuenta-cuentos' of Latin American legends], and all use text based on excerpts from the book NO OUVIDO DO TEMPO/NO OLVIDO DO TEMPO by Brazilian poet and composer Gil Nuno Vaz.

The original text in Portuguese has been modified, deconstructed, and reconstructed, often creating meaningless new meanings, as well as bringing
with faint echoes of these other pieces, aXions tells the story of colliding, reflecting universes, and the time reversal that happens [or not] , with life going from old age to infancy. at the core of the piece, the 'X' segment [page 3] is the visual representation of the inexorable fusion of this expansion/contraction phenomena, with 'zero spin' at its limit. touches of multilingualism to the sung/spoken text.

The tape part was created with recordings and readings of the text done by Meg Sheppard. Sampling and digital editing techniques were used, plus a variety of digital signal processes. The tape was assembled in a Mactintosh G3 computer, using an AKAI 1000 sampler, and the programs PEAK and DECK.

Tape part realized at the SHELAN Studios.

Premiered by vocalist Helen Pridmore and the Motion Ensemble, May 10, 2002. Concert at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, NB.

Published by SHELAN [eSp 0202]