Tehillim Illuminated (2011)

Steve Reich’s masterpiece Tehillim (Psalms), with a light show by Carel Kuitenbrouwer. Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, 31 March 2011, as part of the World Minimal Music Festival.

For this performance, I designed and created a visual programme using the LEDs integrated into the walls of the auditorium. These acoustic walls have a light installation built in, consisting of two hundred panels, or cells, that can be instructed to take on any colour and intensity at any point in time.

Using Flash animation video and the e:cue lighting software, a synchronous light show was cued to the music by an operator during the live performance of the piece.
This enhanced performance of the very powerful minimal composition Tehillim was well received by the audience.

The video was compiled from several clips from three different positions. It was made using Adobe After Effects.

Full Credits:
Carel Kuitenbrouwer
Tehillim Illuminated

Tehillim Illuminated was conceived and designed by Carel Kuitenbrouwer and performed on 31 March 2011 in the main concert hall of the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam, as part of the World Minimal Music Festival 2011.

Tehillim: Steve Reich, 1981
Performers: ASKO|Schönberg and Synergy Vocals
Conductor: Clark Rundell
Light show (concept and design): Carel Kuitenbrouwer
Technical and creative support: Frank Daalder
Technical adviser: Rutger van Dijk, Rapenburg Plaza
LED wall operator: Annelies Vrieswijk

Special thanks to Willem Hering.

Tehillim Illuminated was made possible in part by the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts.

Video recording:
Director and cinematography: Willem Heshusius
Video editing: Anders and Pieter Veltkamp

The video recording was made possible in part by the online radio station Radio 4 Eigentijds and the VPRO broadcasting company.

The sole purpose of making and distributing this video is to document and promote the work of Carel Kuitenbrouwer. The video is not intended for commercial purposes and may not under any circumstances be copied, distributed or sold, except with the express written permission of the creator, Carel Kuitenbrouwer.