Displacement

  • 2020-2022
  • Displacement 1 (2020) 20′
  • Displacement 2 (2022) 19′
  • piano, soundtrack & video
  • première: Saskia Lankhoorn, Musical Utopias 14 January 2023
  • commission: Hilvaria Studio’s, Fonds Podiumkunsten, New Music NOW Files

A diptych for piano, soundtrack and video.

A work for piano, soundtrack and video, made for pianist Saskia Lankhoorn. The premise of Displacement is a principle from psychology in which an emotion is “moved” to another person or object. In each part, the music played on the piano is moved into a distorted shadow world in the form of a soundtrack.

Displacement 1 was specially made for the unusual shape and acoustics of the Ei, an infinity space in the Hilvaria Studios in Hilvarenbeek (NL). The skeleton of the music is made up of tightly repeating tones that slide over each other; one moment active and expansive, the next reserved and oppressive. The sounding space has a suctioning effect on the piano playing. The pianist seems to resist that force; as if in every part the relations between the subconscious and the environment are being redefined.

In Displacement 2 the piano gets an extra layer in the soundtrack in which it sounds like a wobbly gramophone record. The music of this movement is built entirely around one note that is present throughout the entire piece; sometimes fluent in rhythm, then straight forward, sometimes clearly present and then again masked by other note material.

This composition and audiovisual production were realised thanks to Dutch Composers NOW, Buma Cultuur, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and het Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschappen.

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