The Birth of a Ship

For ships as percussion instruments and live electronics


Ships played an important roll in the history of humankind, in a way similar to horses. Both have been our wonderful beasts, essential in wars and peace, in poetry and massacres, in endless travels and encounters and clashes of cultures. This work departs from the abstract idea of ships as living organisms, not  machines. I represented in this piece the "birth process" of a ship. This process took place in a "nest" surrounded by aged and wise ships that looked and reacted to the coming ship. I used the ships exhibited at the Berlin's Technical Museum as percussion instruments.

Premiere in Berlin, Germany August 26th 2006, Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin.

With the kind support of the Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur, the Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin and the TU Studio, Berlin.

Concept, gloves with sensors, sound-design and scores by Carlos Sandoval   
Percussionists: Claudia Sgarbi, Oori Shalev and Roland Neffe
Video-tracked live-surround manipulation: Iftah Gabbai   
Production design: TU Elektronisches Studio Berlin and the Tilt Group
Technicians: Folkmar Hein, Martin Klemmer and Arne Vierck, from the TU Berlin

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