Subatomic Time (2010-15)
Brent Lee, Sigi Torinus, Nick Papador
Subatomic Time is a 35-minute performance piece featuring solo percussionist Nicholas Papador, live audio processing, and live video mixing. The work is in seven sections: Small Science, RGBongo, Maquette XV, Marimba Stretch, Particle Zoo, Pin Music, and Zoom Out; Small Science and Maquette XV are without video and performable as concert pieces for percussion. The titles of the piece and of the various sections reflect the central notion of extremes of spatial and temporal scale; parallels are drawn between camera-related techniques (zoom, focus, pan, colour saturation) and audio processing (amplification, reverberation and filtering, spatialization, spectral manipulations). Aural and visual material is presented sometimes in parallel, sometimes in counterpoint, and sometimes heterophonically. The piece was created by Brent Lee, Sigi Torinus, and Nick Papador. Subatomic Time was recorded in April 2012 in support of a range of documentation strategies: a performance video of the same duration as the live performance, an experimental video based on the audiovisual material, and a short documentary film about the piece, as well as still images and audio recordings of self-contained passages. The full version of Subatomic Time was premiered in Windsor (April 2012), and subsequently presented at the Percussive Arts Society International Conference in Austin Texas (November 2012) and at the Festival des musiques de creation in Saguenay Quebec (May 2015).