Small World Music Centre, Toronto
Surface Tension is an interactive work for disklavier piano created by pianist Eve Egoyan and visual artist David Rokeby. This piece has toured internationally since its conception in 2009. The disklavier (an acoustic piano with a computer interface) allows Eve to play in an improvised call-and-response manner with David’s software. The result is an extraordinary integration of sound and image in which neither element dominates the other but coalesces, extending the piano as both musical and visual instrument.
ANN SOUTHAM’S SIMPLE LINES OF ENQUIRY
ALONGSIDE DAVID ROKEBY’S MACHINE FOR TAKING TIME (EXCERPT)
This presentation is the meeting of two independent works of art; the music and video are not explicitly synchronized, but move through time in ways that enliven each other. Both works involve a process of unfolding—a camera pans across a city and across time; the music explores the emotional possibilities of a twelve-interval row. Each embraces extreme detail and timeless expansiveness, contemplating transience; places of remembering and letting go.All photos by Eric Wiegand