Marcel Wierckx (Canada/Netherlands, b. 1970) studied instrumental and electronic music composition in Canada before moving to the Netherlands in 1999. There he continued his studies in electronic music composition at the Utrecht School of Music and Technology, where he graduated with honours in 2001. Since then he has been active as a sound and video artist, as well as composing instrumental and electronic music for concert, film, theater and dance. He composed the music and created the sound design for Chunky Move’s An Act of Now which was awarded the Age Critics Award for best major new Australian work premiering at the 2012 Melbourne Festival. His audiovisual composition Zwarte Ruis Witte Stilte (Black Noise White Silence) has been released on the 12K/Line041 label’s Optofonica DVD. Marcel gives performances and workshops at festivals and schools across Europe and the world. His work has been performed at major festivals such as the International Computer Music Conference, the ISCM World New Music Days, the STRP Festival and the MFRU International Festival of Computer Arts. He is currently lecturer in live electronic music at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music.
Anne Veinberg (1986) is a versatile pianist encompassing repertoire of a wide range of stylistic inﬂuences, from classical to electro and theatrical works. She completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne and Masters at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam, under the guidance of Ronald Farren Price and David Kuyken respectively. Anne has performed in Australia and Europe, as recital and concerto soloist, improvisor, chamber and large ensemble. She regularly collaborates with composers, commissioning and premiering new works, with a particular interest in theatrical projects and music for piano and electronics.
The composition Ostinato is a part of the project “Duets for Pianist and Live Coder”, a series of études for Disklavier that explore the interaction between performer and live coder. These compositions are written for and dedicated to pianist Anne Veinberg. Live coding is about exposing the process of creating and executing computer code in a live performance setting. In these études, the techniques of live coding are used together with live performance by a pianist. Both performers transform and direct the structure of the composition by influencing each other’s decision making process. The cell-based score allows the pianist to control the large-scale aspects of the composition, while the live coder has control of momentary aspects of harmony and counterpoint. Each performer must react to each other’s decisions in order to realize the full potential of the composition.