Jardin Secret II

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For general technical notes go to www.saariaho.org/Electronics-general-notes.html

For solutions to common problems go to www.saariaho.org/Electronics-common-solutions.html

General information

The original version of the electronics for this piece was for quadraphonic analogue tape.

The electronics for this piece can now be run with a Max patch including pre-recorded sound files.

In both rehearsal and performance the sound engineer/musician should read the score and adjust the relative levels of the harpsichord and electronics on the mixing desk, according to the given context (musical interpretation, equipment, acoustics of the performance space).


latest standalone patch version (including sound files) does not require Max installation

alternative: mxf patch version (including sound files) requires Max installation

Technical requirements for the current version

  1. -Macintosh computer equipped with an external audio interface compatible with Max (cf: www.cycling74.com), e.g. Motu: www.motu.com, Digidesign: www.digidesign.com, RME: www.rme-audio.com

  2. -Microphone(s) for the harpsichord

  3. -Mixer & quadraphonic diffusion (possibly a return monitor for the harpsichordist)

Performance notes

The amount of amplification required naturally depends on the performance space, but it should never cover the acoustic sound of the harpsichord.

The sound ideal is a clear and rich 'close’ sound. The microphone(s) should be placed as close to the harpsichord as possible.
The general level should be rather loud, but not painfully so.