Interactive attire “Bio-Lux” created by a visual artist Nobuho Nagasawa responds to live bio-data and movement of the pianist. Sensors attached to the performer’s body is triggered by heartbeats, body movement, and breath, all of which bring light to the attire. “Lux Venit” was composed by Daniel Weymouth and performed by Jocelyn Ho in a world premiere concert “Synaesthesia Playground” in New York in Spring of 2016.
Composer’s Note: Lux Venit is about “becoming.” From an inchoate sonic cloud, the pianist calls the world into being, at first with individual notes that generate individual colors. The ontological nature of a performer’s gesture—how it moves from private intention to external action—is mirrored in the way these colors move from her inner life to her luminescent “skin”, the sculptural attire. The light then continues outward as it flows through the audience. The computer sound becomes a larger “skin” for the piano, projecting the instrument’s sound into a wider sphere.
The piece is in two connected movements: the first is more ritualistic, while the second more frenetic. Within this contrast, the second movement is also a “variation” of the first, with ideas and gestures returning, but in altered form. The first movement moves towards the low end of the piano (and the “low” end of the color spectrum, the reds), while the second moves higher (towards violet) until creation becomes a cycle of breaths (white).
“Lux Venit,” composed by Daniel Weymouth was commissioned by Jocelyn Ho for her “Synesthesia Playground” project. Music, sound and light “score” by Daniel Weymouth. Color distribution programming by Pierre Depaz and Al Peterson. Luminescent optical fiber performance attire “Bio Lux” by Nobuho Nagasawa. White performance attire “Musculi” by HUL ARNOLD.