If (and only if) I am among has been performed in Brussels, Crest, Leuk, Matera, Montréal, Morelia, Strasbourg, Thessaloniki and Villeneuve d’Ascq…
If (and only if) I am among is an acousmatic re-imagining of two of my pieces for instruments and electronics: If:Iff (2014) and Among Am A (2015). When developing such works, I create extensive electroacoustic materials that are sometimes never heard in a performance of the final work, and so transporting these artefacts of the compositional process into a new work can breathe new life into them. Besides these materials, I also took recordings of the premieres of the instrumental pieces — by the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble and Ensemble Paramirabo, respectively — as source material.
I chose to link these two works together because they examine related ideas that gain new meaning in an acousmatic context. If:Iff examines the idea of cause and effect through a severing of performance gesture and resultant sound, as well as a sonic image of glass shattering and ‘unshattering’, as if scrubbing backward in time. Among Am A examines the experience of concert listening and a breakdown of the division between ‘musical’ and ‘non-musical’ sounds, gestures, and spaces.
The acousmatic context natively severs gesture and sound, offering another vantage point for these ideas from which one’s imagination may become more active.
- September 28, 2017, Électrochoc 2017-18: Électrochoc 1: James O’Callaghan, Studio multimédia — Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Montréal (Québec)
- 2nd prize, Fixed medium, 11th Destellos Competition 2018, Mar del Plata (Argentina)
- Honorable Mention, Fixed medium, MA/IN 2018, Matera (Italy)
- 2nd prize, SIME 2018, Lille (Nord, France)
- Mention, 10th Biennial Acousmatic Composition Competition Métamorphoses 2018, Ohain (Belgium)
- Honorable Mention, Iannis Xenakis International Electroacoustic Composition Competition 2019, Greece
- Prize, Ars Electronica Forum Wallis 2020, Leuk (Switzerland)
September 28, 2017Montréal (Québec)
March 23, 2018Morelia (Mexico)
April 19, 2018Villeneuve d’Ascq (Nord, France)
October 14, 2018Matera (Italy)
October 24, 2018Brussels (Belgium)
May 3, 2019Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin, France)
August 24, 2019Crest (Drôme, France)
October 5, 2019Thessaloniki (Greece)
August 11, 2020Leuk (Switzerland)
|June 18, 2018||James O’Callaghan, If (and only if) I am among (2017)||Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)|
|June 24, 2019||James O’Callaghan, If (and only if) I am among (2017)||Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)|