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.