For general technical notes go to Electronics-general-notes.html

For solutions to common problems go to 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 that plays the pre-recorded sound files.

The starting cue in the score must be triggered by a musician directly on the computer at the mixing desk on the starting signal from the conductor, and left to play through uninterrupted until the end.

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

Another special version with 35 events corresponding to cues in the score can be made available on request, contact


latest version (including sound files) does require Max installation

Technical requirements

  1. -Macintosh computer equipped with an external audio interface compatible with Max (cf:, e.g. Motu:, Digidesign:, RME:

  2. -Microphones for 10 instruments: two flutes, bass flute, 2 violins, voila, cello, double bass, celesta, harp

  3. -Mixer & quadraphonic diffusion (plus a return monitor for the conductor)

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.