Het Quixtet & Champdaction (BE)

The Well Tempered Circle/ Four Studies in Spatialised Phasing (2018)

20/10/2018
Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof, Toekomstlaan 5, 3910 Neerpelt

Humans have been speaking for about 100,000 years, but making music for more than 200,000 years. The very first music was rhythmic in nature: we banged stones together and listened to the rhythm of our hearts as we looked up at the monochrome blue of Eden’s sky. The heartbeat has a very specific rhythm: 60 heartbeats per minute is a form of human invariable. This human invariable, across all cultures, is a subject close to Stefaan Quix’ own heart. He worked on similar phenomena in previous work: primary colours, the octave and the universal rhythm are all physiological phenomena, in fact, that have repercussions for culture.

In 'The Well Tempered Circle’, Quix has created a performance about these first, ‘primitive’ beats and their technological evolution, performed by 8 percussionists surrounding the audience. The percussionists are synchronised through 8 sets of headphones, each of which has an individual click track that differs from all the others. Although the resulting sound landscape is composed, it is reminiscent of a swarm of grasshoppers on a hot day in the south. Take your place in the middle of a circle of sound, close your eyes and allow yourself to be fully immersed in a spatialised sound universe.

 

Website: www.quix.org - www.champdaction.be - vnkpercussion.com


Concept, music and musical director: Stefaan Quix

The Quixtet are: Aya Suzuki, Rubén Martines, Birgit Eecloo, Wim Pelgrims, Jacob Vanneste, Simon Florin, Jelle Van Dooren, Simon Decraene, Andrés Navarro Garcia, Jelle Proost.

Producer: ChampdAction

Coproducer: deSingel, Festival of Flanders Kortrijk, Q-O2


Stefaan Quix is an artist in residence with the development and production platform ChampdAction​