Dream Away the Time Nicole Kim

‘Dream Away the Time’ is a composition inspired by a silent film ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (1909) and is written for Koto, a 13-stringed Japanese zither, inside the piano and computer. This piece is an attempt to cross many boundaries and doing away with some stereotypes, especially with regard to music (for) film and film (for) music. With the Koto, several traditional cliches were quoted and placed out of context in an attempt to make the instrument’s timbre as free as possible from its cultural stereotype. The piano is treated as a percussive instrument or rather an sound object as its strings are beaten with the both the soft and wooden part of mallets, while its melodic side is brought out when it is plucked with Koto nails and strummed in glissandi. The sound of the instruments is diffused into 4 channels using Max/MSP in the backdrop of a tape music track which is created using the sound samples of the Koto. ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (1909) Directed by Charles Kent, J. Stuart Blackton, USA (Courtesy of BFI Film Library)

Source: 2010

  • Year of composition: 2009
  • Genre: Live electronics
  • Format: Live recording
  • Hardware used: MacBook OS 10.4 MOTU Ultralight-mk3
  • Software used: Logic Max/MSP 5 Cecilia SoundHack MetaSynth
  • Duration of the submitted work: 11:39
  • Disc publication: N/A

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