Conducting gestures

The following video explains in more details what the conductor has to do in the opening measures of the Kuki no Sukima.

Although the beginning went quite well, there were a few things that could be done better or even needs to be changed.

  • The conductor starts the piece by clicking the start button (button 3 or middle finger button):

It looks as the conductor clicks the start button and then raises her arms to give the first downbeat.

It was my intention that the conductor should start exactly at the same time as she gives the downbeat (first beat) to the ensemble. By doing so the computer (electronics) and the ensemble are approximately one beat out of synchronization the first twelve measures or until the first “jump forward” appear in measure thirteen.

This seems to be a miscommunication between me and the conductor perhaps I was not clear enough when giving instructions. Should be easily fixed before next rehearsal. Perhaps a short Skype would be enough.

  • There is no metronome clicking to synchronize the conductors “intended” beat and the computer “preset” beat.

As mentioned in my last blog this was totally my fault, since I decided to leave out the conductor metronome setting and do it manually. The outcome was that the conductor was conducting in a slightly faster beat than the computer. Therefore the ensemble was always a bit ahead of the computer (electronics) although the “jump forward” button did corrections quite frequently.

The simplest way to correct this is to have the conductor clicking the metronome shortly after the piece has started so that the tempo of the ensemble and the computer is synchronized.

This also needs a bit more rehearsal time.

  • The conductor is too late to close her fist and raise her arm, to increase the volume value of the electronics.

The violin opens the performance with pizzicato and a three bar long high note. During the sustained note, the conductor should close her hand and raise her arm to adjust the volume of the computer electronic sounds.

Although this did happen and it can be heard that the electronics respond with her raising arm, the effect was not expressive enough. Why? There are few possibilities:

  1. Needs more time, i.e. the sustained note needs to be longer. It is three and a half beat which is about a minute but might have to be five beats or approx. a minute and a half.
  2. Needs more practice. Due to technical difficulties during rehearsals, there was hardly any time to practice the opening act. Therefore a bit more time to practice these things would solve many things. But still, the opening is a bit too complicated and needs to be simplified.
  3. To fix the opening act I need to make ConDiS so that the conductor only needs to start the performance by pressing the start button once in sync with the first downbeat. Give thereafter a metronome information by clicking the metronome button three times. That should take one measure. Then in measure two she closes her hand and raises her arm for next two measures. Therefore the opening sustained note of the violin should be extended to five measures or a minute and a half. That should give the conductor a comfortable time to start the performance and do the indicated gestures.



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