The concept revolves around three axes:
XKTdra is a harp duo: one is acoustic, the other electronic.
The first one is dedicated to a classical-type score, with many notes, lots of technique, with
strings at the fingertips. It would only be amplified
occasionally, and may occasionally receive a subtle delay with feedback.
The acoustic harp
However, the role of the second is not secondary. The possibilities offered by its electro-harp/MIDI/OSC system are immense. It can range from
clear and delicate sounds to massive sonic clusters, from the typical electro sequence to ethereal and enveloping soundscapes. It is much more than a
synthesizer, while remaining a harp… it’s new, it’s breathtaking.
The electronic harp
Creating big sound would not align with the image of the harp, whether it be galactic-blue or inlaid with rosewood and olive wood.
However, the inexhaustible diversity of digital audio synthesis, effects, and sampling deserves a wider 360° space of expression. Sound
objects find their place in a minimum quadraphonic diffusion, creating moving, animated or dancing universes. These universes harmoniously
integrate the acoustic harp, its clarity, its sometimes airy, sometimes brutal presence.
No big sound, no large-scale venue. The project is meant to be integrated into more intimate and unexpected spaces. Despite its occasionally grandiose accents, the concept inherits from chamber music.
Moreover, the audience is not seated facing an open window to an inaccessible music stage but placed inside the music itself, as the speakers surround them, and they are arranged around the duet performers.
This arrangement allows playing in venues without a stage, potentially anywhere, as long as it is unexpected, remarkable, and original.