Time Reversal Mirror

György Kurtag Jr                       Hungary/France         | Electronics

Etienne Rolin                       USA/France                 | Basset Horn and Flutes

Dirk Johan Stromberg           USA/Singapore         | Phallophone

A trio of composers, Time Reversal Mirror, is an improvising trio that explores structural continuity calibrated through exploration of sonic and formal possibilities. Kurtag, Rolin, and Stromberg each bring in their diverse backgrounds in Composition, Soundpainting, Electronic Instruments and Improvisation to create surprising, raw yet elegant musical performances. 

The electronic language by Kurtag and Stromberg often bend the line between what is perceptibly acoustic or electronic - contrasted with dynamic, timbral and registral ranges only possible with the use of electronics yet only expressible in instrumental music. Rolin’s contributions on Basset Horn and Bansuri are equally challenging to the perception of acoustic and electronic with an extended language of extended techniques mixed with lyrical and rhythmic possibilities.

The trio Time Reversal Mirror time takes its’ name from the research by physicist Mathias Fink (Time Reversal Mirrors) - a type of signal processing for precision calibration. The trio are intrigued by the optical and ultrasonic concepts of a self rectifying method for calibration and see the concept analogous to improvisation.

Electro-acoustic, freely-improvised with structural considerations, the resulting music offers moments of poignant scarcity and of wild abandon, while always searching for precise calibration of music, performance and experience.  

Proof of Concept:

Mirrors of Reversed time IV  |         https://youtu.be/V4RZcxtVTII 

Mirrors of Reversal time II          |         https://youtu.be/QpyvX-k2XHI 

The Artists

Time Reversal Mirror,

This trio met in the Bordeaux region for studio recordings and concerts  in June 2017. From these musical meetings it common idea that emerged was the emphasis on the practice of real-time composition drawing from the members stylistically rich background of performing research. This trio explores high level  energy with esthetic and formal concerns. Approaching the the hazy boundaries between improvisation and composition.

György Kurtag designs new electronic instruments as part of his research in electro-acoustic music. His work as a composer and sound-designer is highly sought after. During his time at IRCAM he collaborated with Tod Machover (MIT Medialab, Futur Group), David Wessel (CNMAT Berkeley), George Lewis (The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University) Steven McAdams (McGill’s Schulich School of Music) as well as famous composers: Mauricio Kagel, Pierre Boulez, Sylvano Busotti, Peter Eotvos. Kurtag is currently founder and the Arts/Sciences Coordinator at the creation of the SCRIME (Studios de Création et de Recherche en Informatique et Musiques Expérimentales) the University of Bordeaux.

Etienne Rolin is a prolific composer and performer. Basset horn and Bansuri flutes. He has composed for prominent French ensembles : Ensemble Intercontemporain , 2E2M Are Nova. His music is informed by Rock, Jazz, Hindustani and Classical Western music. He has been a contributor to the soundpainting community for the past 10 years, where he has helped introduce the language worldwide. His long list of collaborators include Steve Lacy, Jerry Bergonzi, and Walter Thompson. Rolin has been on faculty at the Bordeaux Conservatory since 1985, where he continues to serve as a researcher, performer and composer. He also serves as the president of the Temp'óra International Forum.

Dirk Johan Stromberg comes from an eclectic background of improvising, audio engineering, and hardware and software design. His work over the last decade has been influenced by his early residencies at STEIM (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music). Over the years he has created a number of instruments as part of institutional commissions and large-scale research projects funded by the Singapore government. Stromberg has worked primarily as a collaborator in the past years, often working with different institutions and artistic communities. He is currently on faculty at LASALLE College of the Arts and is a co-founder and co-director of the Duong Dai Festival in Vietnam.

RIDER

PA System:

3-way PA system with sufficient power to sustain a minimum of 100dB with consistent coverage in the venue. A monitoring system that is able to sufficiently cover each performer. Neither electronic musician is able to monitor themselves.

Individual Requirements:

ROLIN

KURTAG

     

Option 1

2 X AKG 414

Option 1

Minimal setup

Handsonic HPD-15

Handsonic HPD-20

+ 2 DI BOX

Option 2

2 X Shure SM57

Option 2

MEDIUM setup

Roland JD800 Synthesizer

Handsonic HPD-15

Handsonic HPD-20

8 in 2 out Mixer

+ 2 DI BOX

Option 3

1 X AKG 414 & 1 Shure SM57

Option 3

BIG setup

Yamaha DX7 II FD Synthesizer

KORG T3 Synthesizer

Roland JD800 Synthesizer

Handsonic HPD-15

Handsonic HPD-20

12 in 2 out Mixer

+ 2 DI BOX

2 BOSE L1 with Sub's B1 or 2

STROMBERG

2 X DI Boxes & 4-way power outlet

Sample I/O Sheet:

Input #

Performer

Instrument

MIC

HPF

Comments

1

ROLIN

Flute

SM57/AKG414

x

Reverb will be required

2

Basset Horn

SM57/AKG414

x

3

KURTAG

Input L

DI

4

Input R

DI

7

STROMBERG

PHALLO L

DI

Some reverb may be required.

8

PHALLO R

DI

Stage Plans:

Hospitality:

Travel - travel reimbursement from Europe to performance venue (train or airfare)

Lodging - Three individual rooms

Food - Two meals offered by event organizers for each performer for each day of performance. Coffee and Tea should be available at the venue.