MUSIC | CHAMBER
The Crab: A Diatribe
for ecello, soundfile, and video
// Duration: 11'
// Date: 2006
// Instrumentation: electric cello, fixed media, video
// Commissioned by Craig Hultgren
// Premiere: 14 April 2012, Ann Arbor MI
Premiered April 14, 2012
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
with: Craig Hultgren, electric cello, and starring Rick James and Beth Kitchin
Video produced, directed, and edited by Marc LeMay
This diatribe for electric cello, computer-generated soundfile, and video is the result of the 2005-2006 Hultgren/University of Alabama at Birmingham Computer Music Ensemble Commissioning Prize. Co-sponsor Craig Hultgren performs the ecello part, accompanied by the soundfile and video. The video, conceived as a modern silent film, is an allegorical tale of the danger of good ideas taken to their extreme conclusions.
Live performers were once a common sight at silent film houses. This project hopes to capture a bit of that lost spirit.