Dillon’s La Coupure

La Coupure (1989-2000) by James Dillon was pre­miered at IRCAM in Paris, France in 2001. The piece received two more per­for­mances imme­di­ately fol­lowing its pre­miere and then remained dor­mant until the present day. The intri­cate tech­nology involved in mounting the piece inhib­ited future per­for­mances. In late 2009, Steven Schick pro­posed a col­lab­o­ra­tive res­ur­rec­tion of the piece. James Dillon vis­ited San Diego’s Conrad Prebys Music Center for two, week-long res­i­den­cies where a variety of options were tested and manip­u­lated. In the end, Ross Karre, William Brent, and I recre­ated the entire sound and video design for the piece using open source tech­nology and readily avail­able hardware.

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