for two pianos, live-electronics, soundtracks and light design
composed in 2009
In the composition “Dromomania – a Still Life” traveling represents the modern metaphor for the ephemerality of being, which was the traditional theme of the Still Life in renaissance painting. Through technology traveling times have shrunk from matters of months to matters of hours. However, the passenger has thereby become a citizen of a transitory space, a space suspended between departure and arrival point, in uninhabited transit zones like airports, train stations or bullet-like vehicles.
The ease of traveling turned the arrival point just into another transient zone, and the traveler into a displaced subject – liberated but also alienated, effacing the temporality of space and location in incessant motion.
Divided into three major sections, this composition focuses on the three primary mediums that make mechanic transportation possible: the wheel, the wing and the hull. These sections are surrounded by electronic pre-, inter- and postludes.
Two grand pianos have wheels – as a car. Together they form two wings like an airplane (a grand piano is called “Flügel” in German, “Vleugel” in Dutch, both meaning “wing”), and their shape resembles a boat. In “Dromomania – a Still Life” the instruments are becoming the vehicle for a sonic and visual journey.