Just after the premiere of Sun reflections the opportunity arose to work on a new project with Robert Armengol and the marimba. The result, Marimba Reflections, the author’s second piece using the acoustic instrument’s voice to trigger the interaction of the MAX-MSP computer system. The action-reaction game becomes especially relevant here: the possibilities of the soloist instrument on one hand, and the responses of the computer on the other, is a strategy used frequently across this piece in different ways and degrees. Developed from the acoustic material using the natural resonances of the marimba, this piece uses a sound blanket approach which is imposed and maintained from start to finish. Due to its duration (just over 20 minutes) it accentuates the immersive and, to a certain extent, magical sonority of the marimba through expanded meditative breathing. The recording took place at Pilar Subirá’s private studio and under the technical supervision of Andrés Lewin-Richter.
A new version by Iván Herranz has been included in the monographic CD Reflections.
You can listen to the live version of its premiere at the Auditori del Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) on October 29, 2003 here: