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Difference (2009) | performance for electronic, speech, violin | >

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Difference

electroacoustic composition and live performance for electronic, speech, violin
in cooperation with Goethe Institute, Portugal

with Carlos Zingaro (violin, electronics), Christoph Korn (electronics)

Photo: Searching for something which already disappeared. The mountain area Gavieira in Minho, Portugal. Here -40 years ago-,Michel Giacometti made a tape recording of a lament sung by a “Carpideira” at a funeral service

Permiere: 5/2009 Museum of Modern Art, Fundação de Serralves, Porto (PT)
Premiere broadcasting: 9/2010 by DeutschlandRadio (D)

The object of the audio work "Difference" is a recording of the lament - Melopeia de Carpideira - made by the Portuguese musicologist Michel Giacometti in the remote mountainous region Minho 40 years ago. Christoph Korn went to this mountainous region again, in order to search for this song(which, as was expected, has nearly vanished).

The audio work "Difference" does not deal with finding the song, but rather with the search. It is not about reconstruction at all, but much more about the process of approaching. It is about the difference that the vanished and the vanishing create to the one approaching; about the silence, the empty space, the place-less in this.

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Gegenstand der Audio Arbeit „Difference" ist der vor 40 Jahren durch den portugiesischen Musikwissenschaftler Michel Giacometti in einer abgelegenen Bergregion Minhos aufgenommene Klagegesang: Melopeia de Carpideira. Christoph Korn ist nocheinmal in diese Bergregion gefahren, um diesen Gesang zu suchen (der, wie zu erwarten war, nahezu verschwunden ist).

Die Audio Arbeit „Difference" handelt nicht vom Finden, sondern eben von jener Suche. Noch nicht einmal geht es um eine Rekonstruktion, vielmehr aber um den Vorgang des sich Näherns. Es geht um die Differenz, die das Verschwundene und das Verschwindende zu dem sich Nähernden erzeugt; um das Schweigen, die Leerstelle, das Ortlose darin.