Photo Elisabeth Stoeckl
Half Chance is a new composition by Dorian Concept and Zanshin that was created using the Max Brand synthesizer. This prototype synthesizer was constructed in 1957 by Bob Moog according to the designs of the composer Max Brand. The unique machine differs from other synthesizers not only in its sound but also in its interface: in addition to two keyboards and additional voltage control, there are also two foot pedals.
In Half Chance, synth wizard Dorian Concept works on the keys and pedals, while Zanshin uses the sound generation controls. A dialogue between the two musicians emerges, who, in a time of user-friendliness, welcome the imperfections of this instrument and together try to decipher its idiosyncrasies.
Half Chance is commissioned by Elevate Festival and Sonic Acts as part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
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