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tictactictactictac (2007)
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Photo: Marcel Brugman, design: Esther Krop
Instrumentation: 1111 1111 pf perc harp 2111, voice, electr. git, cb, drums, dj & actor

Duration: ± 5 minutes

Part of: 'Bovenkamermuziek'

First Performance: 14 march 2007 in Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amsterdam

Written for: Asko Ensemble, Palinckx & Hans Dagelet

Commissioned by: Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst

Review: "'Bovenkamermuziek consists of eightteen parts. You can see the package as a concertante song cycle. Composer of sixteen parts is Jacq Palinckx, two inserts are written by Mayke Nas and Yannis Kyriakides. 'tictactictactictac' by Nas fits the orchestral framework well, with beautiful walls of sound, but also with a single cello that is bowed slowly. Kyriakides produces sharp accents with among others flute and percussion in 'Mnemonist S'. The work of Jacq Palinckx deserves big admiration. The smartness with which he has composed for each musician results in an often staggering sound. (...) Wringing. And intrigueing."
(Rinus van der Heijden in Brabants Dagblad, 16 maart 2007)

Click here for a preliminary article in the NRC by Jochem Valkenburg, 12 maart 2007 (in Dutch)

Audio sample of a live performance by Palinckx, Asko Ensemble & Hans Dagelet conducted by Hamish McKeigh

In tictactictactictac the brain is presented as a timebomb, where one tic after another awaits eruption.