Ludovico Technique


For Ensemble und Live Electronics

Duration: 10 min

Premiere: 19/03/2019, Schaumbad - Freies Atelierhaus Graz.

Notes: Piece commissioned by Schallfeld Ensemble with the support of   and  Bundeskanzleramt  Österreich.

Ludovico Technique, is my personal musical adaptation of a scene of “A Clockwork Orange”. In this scene Alex – the main character of the film – is exposed to the Ludovico Treatment: a form of aversion therapy, in which Alex is injected with nausea-inducing drugs while watching graphically violent films, eventually conditioning him to become severely ill at the mere thought of violence. As an unintended consequence, the soundtrack to one of the films – the March and Ode to Joy from Ludwig Van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony – renders Alex unable to enjoy the music of his “lovely Van” as before.
In this piece, a composite musical environment builds a net of connections among different sonic materials: an elaboration of the Beethoven’s Symphony played by the instrumental ensemble, dialogues taken from the film, recordings of the original soundtrack by Wendy Carlos and Techno electronic music.

Live Recording: 19/03/2019 Schallfeld Ensemble

Lorenzo Derinni – Violin
Myriam García Fidalgo – Violoncello
Emiliano Amadori – Doublebass
Elisa Azzarà – Flutes
Petra Horvat – Saxophons
Szilárd Benes – Clarinets
Manuel Alcaraz Clemente – Percussion
Patrick Skrilecz - Piano
Leonhard Garms – Conductor
Davide Gagliardi – Sound direction, live electronics

Lorenzo Romano Composer
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