Georges-Elie Octors, conductor
Opéra de Lille — concert version
March 13, 2013 — Kaaitheater — with
the Léger/Murphy film
Report from Jean-Luc Plouvier, technician for Ictus:
Yesterday night, Opéra de Lille: our premiere of Ballet Mecanique. Huge success! Beauty, purity and fun!
We placed the propellers on higher podiums, and our sound engineer boosted the infra-bass frequencies: hair-raising. The 3 xylophones and their homorythmic movements on one line on another podium: fascinating, like the factory pictures in Chaplin's "Modern Times".
I made a quadraphonic realization of your MIDI file for 16 voices of digital pianos, with some "humanizations" (de-pitching some notes here and there, and slight rhythmical randomizations): a regiment of wild pianos. And the synchro-movie with the MIDI piano rolls is a great idea. It works. [They displayed the MIDI sequencer's "piano-roll" screen as the music played.]
Thank you so much for your superb realization and your help. The original score is definitely much better than the neo-classical 52 version, that's undeniable. We will do it again and again.
PS : I have in mind to try a new version without conductor and without
click. Synchronizing with the tape should be quite easy, after all.
The Opéra de Lille performance on YouTube!