Higher Order Gestalt Fromage

Here is a video of the piece Higher Order Gestalt Fromage for two soprano T-Sticks and 24 channel loudspeaker array, composed and performed by blablaTrains (Ana Dall’Ara-Majek and Takuto Fukuda). The piece was premiered in the live@CIRMMT concert series on 13 February 2020 at Music and Multimedia Room (MMR) at McGill University.

I love the way they played with the relationships between gesture and sound! Unfortunately those of who could attend in-person have to imagine the spatialization aspect of the performance since it can’t come across in the stereo audio here.

Duo pour un violoncelle et un danseur


Duo pour un violoncelle et un danseur is an artistic collaboration between choreographer Isabelle Van Grimde and composer Sean Ferguson. Featuring cellist Chloé Dominguez and dancer Elijah Brown, this event is presented by CIRMMT and Van Grimde Corps Secrets Dance Company, in partnership with the Schulich School of Music, the McGill Digital Composition Studios and Agora de la danse.

The work is for cello with live electronics and a dancer who performs with a gestural controller called the T-Stick, developed as part of the McGill Digital Orchestra Project in the Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory. This presentation marks the initial stage of a planned long-term collaboration. The work will be preceded by a discussion of artistic and technological aspects of the work by Isabelle Van Grimde and Sean Ferguson.

October 21 at 1:00pm, and from October 22 to 24 at 7:30pm.

The performances will take place in the Multimedia Room (-2 level) at McGill’s Schulich School of Music, 527 Sherbrooke St. West.

Seating is limited.  Please reserve in advance by emailing: reception@cirmmt.mcgill.ca

This version of the T-Stick is wireless, transparent, and can sense direction in addition to touch, tilt and acceleration. The dancer uses the T-Stick to control processing and spatialization of the cellist’s sound. Here are some screenshots from tonight’s performance: