On Friday 4 June Vykintas Baltakas’ Sandwriting for two keyboards and electronics will be performed at the KLANG festival in Copenhagen by LENsemble Vilnius and Vykintas Baltakas himself conducting.
As a composer, I am interested in a musical structure which involves changes but is not based on narrative. Since music is time-based it is effectively impossible to escape the temporality but I do think it is possible to unravel the linearity of it. In 2017-2018 I wrote a work for two electric pianos and electronics Sandwriting which was commissioned by the WDR Cologne (Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik) and was realised in close cooperation with the Experimentalstudio des SWR, Freiburg.
This instrumentation in combination with the use of electronics provided the perfect conditions to experiment with a new non-linear model. Every piano part contains around 20 musical episodes which emphasise certain aspects of the initial material and together create a sort of continuous variation. The order in which these episodes appear is not fixed. Operating prepared algorithms, the computer plays an important role; as it adapts the texture by adding and removing notes, changing the harmony or timbre depending on the pianist’s interpretation. Moreover the computer monitors the overall sound and chooses the best suited episode for continuation again by operating prepared algorithms.
The pianist is involved in a different way of music creation where the effort goes towards the active creation of the overall sound and less to the vertical synchronization of the musical material. The articulation, dynamics and attack immediately affects the texture, timbre and form of the piece.
In 2019 I wrote Sandwriting II for orchestra which fixed one particular interpretation of the open material from Sandwriting I.Vykintas Baltakas
Sandwritting II for orchestra is available for perusal and purchase through Composers Edition website, and Sandwriting for two keyboards and electronics will be added to the catalogue soon.