Future Lights (2020)

Future Lights is a piece written and designed for cello, lights and internet audience. Different lighting effects interplay with the performer to stimulate a multisensory experience. Light beams and luminosity change according to frequencies, dynamics, and rhythms, whereas colours can be controlled by the audience via internet (i.e. YouTube live chat messages).

The inspiration for this work comes from two contemporary phenomena. Firstly, the composition is inspired by the culmination of digital lighting technology, which today allows composers to further expand their ideas to stage control. Secondly, the 2020 pandemic’s impact in the performance industry has been motivating streamed concerts, however, these concerts often lack several aspects of the real-world experience. Therefore, Future Lights explores audience interaction and suggests new aesthetics for virtual performance.

The première was on the 1st of September 2020 on YouTube and it was performed by Georgina Aasgaard. The audience interacted live through chat messages, changing colours, camera positions and playing “clapping” sounds at the end.

Ian Costabile