Black Box Music

Simon Steen-Andersen

For solo percussion, amplified box, 15 musicians and video (32’)

The starting point of Black Box Music is the classical soloist-conductor, but in this case, the conducting and solo part are one and the same. The setting is a traditional theatre stage with curtains, props and light; only in this case, the stage is also an instrument. Black Box Music could be said to be a deconstruction of conducting and puppet theatre as well as an exploration and exploitation of the audio/visual relations inherent in conducting and staging. The “grand show” is in three movements, starting with ‘Ouverture’ and ‘Disambiguation’ and then finishing off with a festive, pompous, self-imploding ‘Finale’.

Simon Steen-Andersen