Double-Tranchant, meaning double-edged in French, is a solo show-installation for invented, found and automated instruments made with object that can cut, with real-time processing in a quadriphonic setting.
A piece for musical saws, stemsaws*, automated circular saw blades*, automated mobile of knifes*, automated electric musical saws* and other sharp found instruments with a live electronics setup that is a subtle gradient between playing an electronic instrument and playing with an algorithmic “musician” using a concept of indirect control by layers of flexible automations.
Double-Tranchant is a commentary on the contrast between the brute, the sharp and the flexible, the fascinating.
This piece is a long term project that has recently received the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. The residency at Titanik is to work on the form of the show and composition, to find some new sonic material as well as working on the code for the live electronics setup.
* instruments invented by the artist
Sonia Paço-Rocchia is an composer, sound installation artist, improviser, maker, creative coder, live electronics musician. Her work has been presented all over North America and Europe.
Sonia Paço-Rocchia’s research is about sounds, timbres and forms. Composing, she broaden the variety of sonic possibilities either using new techniques, live electronics, invented instruments, found instruments or automated instruments. As for her work on the form, most of her work have visual elements as well as choices given to the players, or, in this case, to the automatons. Coder/ Maker/Inventor, she makes automatons, web art, interfaces, digital instruments. Talented improviser, she uses a myriad of sound-makers, invented and automated instruments, voice and mostly bassoon, along with live electronics.