I wrote in my blog Kuki no Sukima – Starting the performance:
“This has also led to the conclusion that I have to change the order of the button so that the index finger (button 2) is not used for metronome setting but rather for start/stop messages. The middle finger (button 3) will be used for jumping forward messages and ring finger (button 4) for the metronome setting. That should give a bit more natural finger combination since most of the indications are start/stop (2nd button), jump forward (3rd button) and metronome setting (4th button)”.
These changes did not work mainly since the conductor did not like to change settings that she already had realized. Hence back to the original layout.
The volume problem that I did write about in the same blog, i.e. how to set the volume to a sudden value at the beginning of the piece was solved by giving the conductor two measures to activate the volume control as
This solution seemed to work very well since it:
- gave the conductor more confidence adjusting the electronic volume
- gave the opening a bit more breath or space to open up
- showed clearly the use of ConDiS
- aesthetically more graceful opening
The other changes that were made from the first performance were that now the conductor gives a start playing sign by clicking 3rd button on the first downbeat before clicking the 2nd button four times to set the metronome.