Updated: Jan 30, 2018
Written by Eric Cadesky, 1/3rd of the SDXtet who will be creating and performing the live soundscore at the Solo Dance Xchange:
One of the advantages of age is the accumulated experience that accompanies it. At the beginning of this process one of my self-imposed challenges was to explore and integrate musical instruments and concepts that I previously had not. It would have been easier to fall back on the tried and true that worked in the past but I have always felt that dance as a living art form must continue to grow and evolve with the rest of the world. The dance composer must do the same.
So Phil and Laurel’s living room ended up being crammed full of instruments, synths, synth controllers and other current tech devices of differing oddness and complexity. Some of the instruments have not been used for more than 30 years, others being this week’s state of the art. The final collection in front of you onstage ranges from recognizable acoustic instruments to computers and non-traditional controllers and other music technology.
I have a background in building experimental instruments, usually of glass for the Glass Orchestra. There was a solo calling out for a specific instrument of wood and elastic band so I built some for the show. Sounds produced on cell phone and tablet apps were explored and integrated. I spent hours in front of the wood stove under headphones with the iPad. All sounds and music you will hear in the show have been crafted to the three composers' vision for each solo based on our interpretation of each dancer's personal thoughts of what they will perform for you.
To keep in the improvisational spirit of the evening even background sounds and ambiences are being manipulated in real time in response to the dancers movements, as is the live voice. I find composing for dance to be one of the hardest challenges. Working with Phil and Laurel has inspired me to try directions I may not have considered on my own and I am very pleased with our score. Without any doubt I can say the final music is a true collaboration of minds, hearts and musicianship.