Lux Tremens

Lux Tremens (2018) for ensemble of vibration motors, flashlights, percussion, and custom-built electronics

Program Note

Lux Tremens, Latin for “trembling light,” was created in 2018 for the Rutgers Interactive Music Ensemble (RIME). In this structured improvisation, which takes place in the dark, performers use vibration motors to actuate small percussion instruments or found resonant objects. Custom-designed hardware allows performers to control the speed of the vibration motors by adjusting the amount of light they shine on photoresistors, thus altering the intensity of the motors’ vibration.