Our collaboration with Helmut Lachenmann has undoubtedly been one of the most important and profitable during our activity. Every time we work to perform one of his pieces, we realize that his music has to be shown in a different and specific prospective. So, on the occasion of his eightieth birthday, we came together to produce this project. The title, See the sound, evokes the work that we have meant to do since the very beginning: we wanted to make real an utopian perceptive experience, an “impossible” condition of listening and viewing. This became possible thanks to a way of filming that offers an ideal point of view on the instruments and the performers, something that is unlikely to achieve during an ordinary concert performance.
We chose to film some of his most representative chamber music and solo works, and to shoot the videos of the performances in an extremely precise and detailed way on which we agreed with the composer himself. Several cameras were involved, in order to allow viewers to understand how neat are the techniques required, how peculiar the sounds are in all their components, how different the instrumental gestures are, and most importantly how valuable and rich the silence can be.