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Title Enkidu
Genre: violin and computer                          
Duration: 11 minutes
Audio: MP3 of complete work HERE

Enkidu is a work for violin with live interactive electroacoustic music. The title refers to the name of a character from the ancient epic of Gilgamesh. In it, Enkidu is an untamed man sent by the gods to counteract King Gilgamesh’s abuses of power. However the two men become great friends, and eventually the gods decide to reverse their creation and strike down Enkidu.    This musical composition is a psychological investigation into the character of Enkidu, whose loyalty costs him his life.  It is also an exploration of the relationship between traditional means of musical expression (violin, recurring sets of pitch intervals, melodic lines, motivic rhythms) with electroacoustic techniques: timbral processing; computer listening, analysis, and interaction; and notions of the computer as a chamber music instrument.  The live electroacoustic music is created during performance by software in the Max/MSP environment designed and built by the composer.  Enkidu was written for violinist Maja Cerar.

In performance of Enkidu, a small microphone is attached to the violin, and the audio signal from this feeds into a computer running software created by the composer in the Max/MSP environment. This software listens to the violin and alters its sound based on preprogrammed algorithms and realtime manipulation.

If you would like to know more about the methods used to compose this piece, please email Doug Geers