FORMULA MINUS ONE
for electric violin, live electronics and live video
composed in 2014
In Formula minus One I take the motor sport Formula One as a point of departure, and I interpret it as a symbol for traditional concepts of masculinity through its combination of force and speed. While all contemporary official F1 drivers are male, it is remarkable that – unlike in many other sports – Formula One does not have separate categories according to the sex of the participants. Men and women can thus compete against each other in the same Grand Prix. In the recent past there have been various female test drivers. However, since 1992 none has managed to enter a Grand Prix race.
Formula minus One combines video-excerpts from Formula One races that are manipulated in real time in combination with live electronics. My objective was to aestheticize and de-masculinize this particular sport discipline. The generated video serves as the main part of the score for the performer, who constantly has to react to it, and steer the events as if playing a computer game.
Performed by Barbara Lüneburg
Recorded on July 17, 2015 in MUMUTH/University of Music and Performing Arts Graz
Recording: Marko Ciciliani (audio and video)
Recording Assistance: Andrés Gutiérrez (audio) and Nick Acorne (video)
Editing: Marko Ciciliani
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