Johannes Kreidler Composer

Shutter Piece (2012/13)

for 8 Instruments, Audio and Video Playback

(Violin, Viola, Cello, Oboe, Flute, Percussion, Piano, Keyboard)

Duration: 16'

Premiere: 27.4.2013, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik; Ensemble Recherche

Program Note:

As "music with music" I have been combining found sound files since 2005, edited in various ways (cut, transposed, layered, etc.), with live instruments. So that the loudspeaker sounds also get a performativity, I partly use video.

In the Shutter Piece I concentrate on one procedure: A very regular on/off/off rhythm of the feed, which partly masks the instruments or alternates with them. With this strict principle, divergent sound materials can be created - here: Sports broadcasts, a Hollywood soundtrack and the instruments of New Music - relate to each other. In this case, the video reinforces the character of the soccer feed; public viewing in the concert hall.

The shutter stands for the blink of an eye, the use of the stroboscope in science and disco, for penetration, digitalisation, grating and for the excerpt-like nature of perception.


Commission of Westdeutscher Rundfunk for Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik.

Related works:
Audioguide (Introduction)
Grid structures also play a main role in Piece for Harp and Video.

See also: Text Das Shutter-Prinzip.