The New Math(s)

description

Co-composed score with Louis Andriessen for short film written and directed by Hal Hartley.
Two students and their teacher seem to be fighting – literally – over the proper solution to a complex mathematical equation. Is it the key to time and space or a coded instruction manual about their own secrete urges? An alchemical action movie? A real life cartoon with original music by Dutch composers Louis Andriessen and Michel van der Aa. Hal Hartley fashioned this whimsical piece of fight choreography with three of his recent performer/collaborators,

Miho Nikaido, David Neumann, and DJ Mendel.

Originally made for the BBC program “Sound On Film” and aired in 2001. Shot in August 1999 in Brooklyn, NY It has often been shown with live musical accompaniment.

This film was co-commissioned and co-produced by NPS Television, which retained the exclusive broadcasting rights for the Netherlands for seven years after its completion.

instrumentation

film
2000

soprano
traverso
marimba
violin
soundtrack

details

Duration 15'
First performance 12 March 2001, Electra new music
Commissioned by NPS Television
Published by Boosey & Hawkes

audio

The New Math(s)

Electra new music
1:19 min. excerpt

performances

Last performance:

  • 12 March 2001
    Electra new music
    Barbican Centre, London, United Kingdom