Infiltrationen 3.0 is a new version of Infiltrationen, a piece from 2009 that was written originally for electric guitar quartet, objects, FX pedals and live-electronics.
In “Infiltrationen 3.0” there are three layers of musical material that infiltrate eachother continuously: the actions performed by the string players, the prerecorded 4-channel tape (generated using analogue mixing-table feedback-techniques in which several signals infiltrate eachother) and a live-electronics part performed on a homemade digital instrument by another musician.
“Infiltrations” are even more present on another level: the infiltrations of technology and technology-based decisionmaking on human (inter)action and vice versa – a subject that is very important to me, not only in a musical context. In Infiltrationen the “score” is being generated in real-time on computerscreens – every performer has a laptop in front of him. Whenever a performer wants a new playing-instruction he hits the spacebar of his laptop, and since the computers are connected to eachother through a network, the change made on one computer immediately has consequences for the playing instructions on all the other computers. Although a clear musical evolution has been preprogrammed in these playing-instructions on a macro-temporal level, the performers (almost) never know in advance what will be the next instruction. This makes the musicians masters and servants of the technology at the same time.