Philippe Wozniak’s composition Prometheus 2015 premiered Sunday May 10th 2015. This work was inspired by the Russian Composer Alexander Scriabin.
“The symphony “Prometheus: the Poem of Fire (1910) by Russian pianist and composer Alexander Scriabin (Moscow, 1872-1915) was the first composition in history to include notation for lights, interlacing color with sound to create multi-sensorial harmony.
Scriabin envisaged the use of a color keyboard to transpose the “Luce” part of his score into colored light projections for his symphony, associating the 12 tones of the chromatic scale with 12 colors that changed in conjunction with the basic tones of the harmonies.
A specially designed multi-color light projector with colored light bulbs was made from the mpodel by physicist Alexander Moser for the first performance of Prometheus, which was given in Moscow on March 15th, 1911, but the machine that was supposed to perform the lighting part did not operate. The first public presentation of Scriabin’s symphony accompanied by colored lighting occured a year later at the Carnegie Hall in NY. The color portion of the score was played with a color-projection instrument, later named the Chromola, made by Preston S. Miller, a specialist in lighting.” From the Catalogue for “Art or Sound” exhibition at the Fondazione Prada in Venice in 2014.
For Philippe Wozniak’s version of Prometheus 2015, I have developed a series of short videos primarily from the landscape, but also urban settings: (The deep orange with blue is a video of a cement mixer in NYC). I am incorporating photographs and layering imagery and moving light to respond to the music. The colors shift in relation to the movements: Will of the Spirit, Humanity, Dreams, Damnation, and Freeing of Prometheus.
I am using the VJ software Resolume Arena with an AKAI controller to compose the video projections with the music. It was performed at the Graf Zeppelin Haus with the Symphonisches Jugendblasorchester Friedrichshafen under the direction of Alain Wozniak at the Muttertagkonzert “Sound and Colour”
This work is supported by Netzwerk Neue Musik , Baden-Würtemburg Stiftung, Kulturbüro Friedrichshafen and Sparkasse Bodensee.
Projektraum Wasserwerks, 2014
This video was part of a project which took place inside of a water reservoir where a community in Switzerland was celebrating 60 years of their water system. 60 Jahre Wasserwerks ABRW (Au-Balgach-Rebstein-Widnau). The artistc director of the project was Alain Wozniak. He developed a series of electronic compositions which was accompanied by live music and a three channel video installation by Felicia Glidden. Alain Wozniak; clarinet, flute, bass clarinet, and ipad, Phillip Wozniak; bass and electric bass, and Anna Katharina Aichroth; birimbau, drum and capoera dance. October 2014
Between Two Rivers III, 2014
Between Two Rivers III is a sculptural sound installation: Two channel video, steel, handmade paper, sound 13:56 minutes , dimensions variable, 2012 -2014. Ravelation is an original work inspired by Ravel, composed and performed by Alain Wozniak in the Galerie Bagnato for Kunstnacht Konstanz in September 2014 at the solo exhibition Unterströmungen by Felicia Glidden.
En Route, 2011
Felicia Glidden & Alain Wozniak collaborative project at Salem2Salem International Artist Residency 2011 in Salem, New York
This sculptural sound installation was an enclosed hexagon shaped room that was nearly dark. The floor was covered with sand. Speakers built into the walls played a 34 minute Dolby Surround sound score. Immersion includes environmental sounds and music recorded at Salem2Salem artist residency in Salem, Germany and text from twenty year archive of dreams. Fifty dreams of water are spoken in a layered soundtrack. Whereas dream life affords the ability to breath underwater, Immersion provides an entry into an internal landscape. Choir, text and music in the soundtrack include artists: Kate Christiansen, Brendan Fitzgerald, Peter Lundberg, Max Sharam, Dee Hopper, Dorle Ferber, Uli Johannes Kieckbusch, Bernard Thomas Klein, Christian Von Der Goltz and Remy Trevisan. It also includes a 2:40 minute original dream sequence composition by Alain Wozniak.
Cloud Rust, 2010
The sound track is an excerpt titled “Weeping Rust” 6:59 minutes from a sound work where I read the first line of every dream I have written down, 28:00 minutes It is layered with sounds from NYC, and trains in southern Minnesota. The dance improvisation of me in the library (4:12 – 5:25) was conceived, edited and developed by Bernhard Thomas Klein with a musical improvisation by Dorle Ferber, Bernhard Thomas Klein, Max Sharam, and photographed by Marcus Schwier.
Between Two Rivers II
Artist in Residence Montgomery College, Rockville 2012
Interactive sound sculpture installation. Paper, steel, dimensions variable 2012 Three channel Video. 31 minutes. with sound.The students were invited to write dreams on paper and add them to the sculpture. The form changed in shape and size throughout the three week residency. Students were also invited to make an audio recording of their dreams.