Daniel Moreira - Safety Procedures (For Voice, Violin and Electronics)

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[for Female Voice, Violin and Electronic/Controllers]

PROGRAM NOTE “(…) Pull, aim, squeeze and sweep. Stay safe and we’ll see you next time…”

DESCRIPTION ! Safety Procedures are musical snapshots of diverse emergency situations. The text is based on handbooks, manuals and instructional videos; the electronic part relies on referential sounds as alarms, sirens, signal tones as well as mechanical, machinelike noises an voice commands; the violin itself is partly a reproduction and often an expansion of this sound world. In ! !

addition to its allusive materials, the piece is built in a collage-like way, often deploying repetition, cuts and fast paced rhythms. The piece is related in its sound and subject to the work Emergency Procedures (2013) for large Ensemble, four soloists and Electronics.

PERFORMANCE INSTRUCTIONS VOICE A wavy line indicates that the text should be performed as fast as possible. (The written 16th notes serve only as guidance and does not represent the exact rhythmic of the text - as said: the text should be read as fast as possible.

The text should always start at the beginning of the line and may end before it (but never after the duration of the line). Intentions for the interpretation of the text are indicated in italic.

VIOLIN Respectively: quarter tone flat, quarter tone sharp, threequarter tone sharp.

Quickly wipe the bow along the strings from ST to SP and back to ST. Only the wiping sound of the bow brushing against the strings should result.

Short Portamento. Slide to the written not! e from a pitch a quartertone below it. Should be performed on the beat.

Attack the note immediately doing a fast, sharp glissando downwards.

Ricochet col legno battuto. Bounce the wood of the bow very high on the E -String. High pitched “clicks” should sound (as a needle falling on the floor).

Attack the chord while doing a fast, sharp glissando (maintaining the hand position) on all four strings. (The diamond shaped note means low finger pressure, as in harmonics).

Play with excessive bow pressure on the written string. No pitch but a dry "cracking noise" should be produced (mute the strings with the left hand to avoid resonances)



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(Recommended for the first performances of the piece, in order to get acquainted with its rhythmical demands)

The Singer triggers samples with two handmade USB-Controllers.

All electronic sounds come automatically from the soundtrack.

The violinist uses a Pedal to trigger samples

The players should however still play the controllers and the Pedal as in the Manual Mode as a sort of pantomime (even though they do not affect the electronic sounds).

The violinist uses a headphone with a click-track

The violinist uses a headphone with a click-track

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS Channel 3 is used for the violinist’s Click Track. The Electronic Sounds are in two Channels (Ch1=Left and Ch2=Right). Four Loudspeakers (two in front and two in the back of the stage) are advisable for better acoustics.

The Singer and the Violinist should be moderately amplified to better mix with the electronics. The handmade USB-Controllers as well as the Max/Msp patch can be obtained directly from the composer.

BASIC SETUP (Without need of a mixing desk)

! Violin

Voice !

USB Controller + Pedals



Input 1

USB input


Input 2 Ch3 Ch2

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