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Check the up-to-date version of this page at www.saariaho.org/Solar-electronics.html

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 electronics for this piece can be run with a Max patch including a simulation of the sampler used in the original version and a general reverberation.

The synthesizer of the original version should be replaced by a second piano.

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

Download

IMPORTANT: in recent MacOS versions, there is a known issue when downloading

Max standalones through browsers (such as Safari, etc.)

Before to download, one needs first to go to ‘System Preferences/Security & Confidentiality/General’

and check ‘Authorize the applications downloaded from: anywhere’.

If you do not do it, the system will display a misleading message saying that the ‘file is damaged’.

You just need to change the security parameters as described above, then restart the standalone.


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Technical requirements

  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. -MIDI controller keyboard (5 octaves) to play the sampler simulation

  3. -MIDI interface to connect the MIDI keyboard to the computer

  4. -Mixer & stereo diffusion (plus return monitors for the conductor and the keyboardist)

  5. -7 microphones for the harp, strings, woodwind and trumpet (optional: depending of the acoustics of the performance space)

Performance notes

The amount of amplification required naturally depends on the performance space, but it should never cover the acoustic sound of the instruments.
The general level should be rather loud, but not painfully so.