Hi_Res investigates a technology fetish, the kind often featured in B-series science-fiction movies. At the basis of Hi_Res is a text — a short excerpt from the user manual for the Motor Mix MIDI controller — read by Canadian composer Darren Copeland. In a sense, this assumed awkwardness highlights the absurd importance technology has taken in art. So I admit it: there is a kitsch side to this piece, and it is peppered with irony.
[English translation: François Couture, viii-07]
Hi_Res was realized at the studios of the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (ZKM) in Germany. A first version was premiered on February 11, 2005 during the trans_canada festival at the ZKM’s ZKM_Medientheater. The final version was premiered on May 14, 2005, under the provisional title Hi_Res.1, during the Elektra Festival at Usine C in Montréal. The piece was commissioned by the ZKM. My thanks to Ludger Brümmer, the team of the ZKM’s Institut für Musik & Akustik, and Darren Copeland.