Tuesday, March 10, 2009
A composition by Professor of Music Scott Miller recently premiered at the Corpus Christi Chapel, University Palacky, Olomouc, Czech Republic. “Nebe Na Zemi” (“Heaven on Earth”), a site-specific performance piece Miller created in collaboration with Olomouc video-artist Vladimír Havlík, uses voice, electronics and video projections to explore – sonically and visually – the coexistence of the 17th and 21st centuries. Created for the Baroque Corpus Christi Chapel, the 32-minute piece processes music by Baroque-era composer Pavel Vejvanovsky into “fabrics” of electroacoustic sound that work with the unique behavior of sound in the chapel to create a balance of volume, harmony and rhythmic synchronicity. The text is from Karl Marx’s “Das Kapital” and the video imagery is of Olomouc’s many Baroque streets and buildings, Times Square and the Mall of America.