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Self-Portrait, for me
2016

Princess Nightmare Moon, for violin, clarinet, piccolo, piano, percussion, electronics
2016

35 Degrees, for 2 assistants, electric guitar, keyboard, percussion, electronics, video
2016

Elpis, for 2 sopranos, 3 assistants, soprano saxophone, french horn, cello, percussion, keyboard, electronics, video
2016

Words to Sleep By, for voice, saxophone, basson, electronics
2016

The Portal, by and for On Struture
2015

Song for Matilda & Me, for clarinet and electronics
2015

Child of Chimera, for drumset, cello, piano, electronics
2015

An Economy of Means, for miniature drumset and electronics
2014-15

The Colors Don't Match, for voice, piccolo, clarinet, violin, percussion, electronics
2014

2.5 Nightmares for Jessie, for cello and two assistants
2014

Wee Robot, for 4 disklaviers and electronics
2014

A Case for Dysfunctional Persistence, for piccolo, oboe, clarinet, 2 violins, 2 basses, trumpet, trombone, tuba, accordion, percussion, piano/sampler
2014

Second Nightmare, for KIKU, for violin and two assistants
2013

Vexed, for pic, Eb clar, vln, vcl, 2 perc, pno, harp, sampler, video
2013

Twistisch II, for two performers
2013

Nightmare for JACK (a ballet), for string quartet
2013

Panik(bread), for two percussionists and 2 pianists
2012

Twistisch, for two performers
2012

Bahnhof, for voice and electronics
2012

On Silence, for two performers
2012

Strange Attractors, for piccolo, percussion, and electronics
2012

Uncanny Valley, a monodrama
2011

Nystagmus, for two performers
2010-11

Symbiosis II, for violin, cello, piano, and computer
2010

Symbiosis I, for tape and performative lasers
2009

nonlinear interface, for flute, violin, cello, percussion, computer
2007

filament, for flute, violin, cello, percussion, sine waves
2006

ether
for amplified piccolo and tape
2005

 

 

The Colors Don't Match

for voice, piccolo, clarinet, violin, percussion, electronics
Natacha Diels 2014
Score Excerpt

The yellow wire connects to the yellow clip.
The red clip connects to the red button.
The green button connects to the brown lead...
And all chaos ensues.
Written for TAK, The Colors Don't Match is a battle between labels and willpower.

The title for this work comes from my inability to make sense of an electronic circuit if the colors don’t line up. For example, if a green alligator clip is connected to ground, and that is connected to a red wire that is connected to a microcontroller, my brain will not permit me to re-color the red wire to green in my mind and I will almost certainly eventually connect ground to power.
This analogy extends to the piece in the vocalized mis-naming of notes by ensemble members, and through the deliberate near-unison scored throughout. This reflects my own personal frustration with the narrow path of classical performance practice, and my own attempts to break free through the development of my own personal artistic practice. By re-purposing the extraordinary skill set possessed by trained musicians to perform physical gestures and non-instrumental sounds, I attempt to move the field in a direction inspired by joy, creativity, and experimentation.

 

 

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