Virtual Rhizome (2018), for a performer and two smartphones
First performance on March 3, 2018 at the Auditorium-ONL in Lyon, France, by Jean Geoffroy - Biennale Musiques en Scène
Virtual rhizome responds to a proposal by Christophe Lebreton and Jean Geoffroy to compose a work for the original Smart Hand Computer system (*) , developed within the GRAME-CNCM from the FAUST language and allowing to play smartphones as an instrument.
The work takes the form of a labyrinth, a kind of virtual architecture that could be compared to the Borgesian "garden of forking paths", in which the musician evolves by adapting his gestures to the constraints of different types of situations. Each situation is characterized by an autonomous functioning of the system, that the musician must apprehend in order to find the key allowing him to modify it and to move towards another situation. But in order to orientate himself, he must create a mental representation of the structure of the work. The performer then becomes an explorer of a world that he unveils, but isn't that what he has always been?
Virtual rhizome is dedicated to Jean Geoffroy and Christophe Lebreton and was awarded an Aide à l'écriture d'une œuvre musicale originale from the French Ministry of Culture.
Performance (excerpts, 2'55) Smart Hand Computers : Jean Geoffroy
Virtual Rizome, Complete performance, Jean Geoffroy
Paris, Presentation of Virtual Rhizome by Jean Geoffroy and Christophe Lebreton, Ircam Forum, March 4, 2020
Interview with Béatrice Gulmann published in the catalog of the Biennale Musiques en Scène 2018
Interview with Yves Bron, from RTS (Radio Télévision Suisse, Emission Magnétique, "Nomade à Lyon...") [Link]