Cool Steel Army
Piano, electronics: Roger Doyle; Laptop percussion: Ian McDonnell.
Anagram of Doyle's wife's maiden name Mary Costelloe.
Sound engineers: Geoffrey Perrin, Roger Doyle.
BONUS TRACK: For Mary - the germ of the Cool Steel idea from years before.
Piano, sound engineer: Roger Doyle. On the occasion of Doyle's son Paavo announcing his wedding plans.
Adolf Gébler, Clarinettist
...is the first in a series of collaborative 'cinema for the ear' projects between writer Carlo Gébler and composer Roger Doyle. Doyle's idea for each is to compose a live soundtrack for an imaginary film, with playback of pre-recorded acted scenes coming through loudspeakers, with dimmed lighting as in the movies, together with live musicians, lit only by their music stands. In this way audience members are given the impression they are present at the screening of a film, but one they cannot see, only hear.
Blurring te boundaries of 2 realities at one point the audience sees that what is happening onstage is what is happening in the recording - namely the appearance of the singer to sing the song in an elaborate costume with the lights being brought back up with pre-recorded applause (track 5).
It is the story of Carlo's grandfather who came to Dublin in 1910 as a freelance clarinettist and how he fell in love with an usherette and stayed.
The first performance took place in February 2008 at the National Concert-Hall, Dublin, with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gavin Maloney.
This recording is a revised and expanded studio version, with singer Fionnuala Gill, and re-created with the Vienna Symphonic Library virtual orchestra software programme.
Interview ahead of the premiere with the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra worth having a look at:
JONATHAN RYAN: Adolf Gébler (young and old); MARY MCEVOY: Rita; ISOBEL MAHON: Landlady/Marianna; RORY CONNOLLY: Tram conductor/Doorman/Policeman; FIONNUALA GILL: singer.
Roger Doyle: composer - and director, sound engineer and post production of acted scenes; Rori Colemen: Vienna Orchestral Instruments programming; mixed and produced by Roger Doyle, Rori Coleman and Darran Cummings. Script: Carlo Gébler.
Orchestral part commissioned by RTÉ with further funding from an Arts Council Music Project Award 2007.
released August 14, 2012
Design: Tim Redfern.
Recorded at Rabbit And Costelloe's.
Total time: 75'08 (download); 71'08 (CD). Music composed and produced by Roger Doyle © PRS 2007/8. Presented with funding from the Music Network/Arts Council Music Recording Scheme 2008.
Tracks can be downloaded at CD quality and have been uploaded from original masters.
'Roger Doyle is probably one of the leading lights on the modern irish electronic scene and a highly respected composer of modern avant garde classical sounds. this new album features a truly beautiful collection of piano based compositions. the album is split into three separate pieces culminating in a truly awesome 40 minute piece scored for orchestra and female voice. the piece is based around the memoirs of rte symphony orchestras clarinettist adolf gebler. the three lengthy pieces on this album will most definitely appeal to lovers of modern piano based sounds akin to the likes of max richter, harold budd and hauschka. its all beautifully calming with lots of quirky twists and turns'. (Road Records review 2009)