ZONE-Tarkus and ZONEpopTRAIN • I was asked for two kinds of works for this project: a transcription of TARKUS and a new composition in which I should search for a personal connection with EL&P's and pop music. Following these indications I composed ZONEpopTRAIN, a sort of train-no-trip where
it is not the train that is moving but the landscape itself. The optical effect is very much the same, but the reality should be quite different.
The music is composed in several blocks that freely alternate with ZONE-TARKUS pieces.
• For ZONE-TARKUS I pursue the same personal line that I am always following about "transcription": that is, looking to "translate" as if in a literature way. I call this a "translation" of TARKUS, and it should sound as if it were really written for this new ensemble. I'm aware of the risks involved in declaring this, but I also know my work. It was therefore necessary to make compositional and poetical choices: elements were eliminated, others were enlarged, some were invented. This three-point operation "eliminate-enlarge-invent" (among others) are in any case always connected with the act of composing.
This "translation" explores each piece's virtuosistic and fantastic possibilities in order that they themselves are then reflected in an acoustic ensemble during an uninterrupted dialogue with ZONEpopTRAIN. mp