by Nahuel Litwin
The origin of this piece is the experimentation of new sonorities for the saxophone. For this, I removed the mouthpiece of it and started to experiment in new ways of producing sound by blowing directly into the hole of saxophone ́s neck. Immediately I found also that a natural way of producing sound with it was to use my voice. In this way I found that the original instrument became a completely different one, with different playing techniques and different sound output. In fact, it became a sort of middle point between a saxophone and a brass instrument because the way of producing the sound changed drastically from one to the other, being the reed in the first one and the lips of the performer in the second one. Nevertheless, the new instrument keeps the original tube of the alto sax and in this way becomes a hybrid one between the two families. I find pertinent in this context bring a phrase from Helmut Lachenmann : “ To compose is to build an instrument“.
Alto Sax: Martino Luxich