TPK Darlings - Pecha Kucha for Trio Trafique

  • Trio Trafique
  • piano, saxophone (soprano & tenor) and violoncello
  • 6′40″

  • 2008

Pecha Kucha (the name derives from a Japanese term for the sound of conversation “chit-chat”) is a presentation format in which work can easily and informally be shown.

Each presenter is allowed a slideshow of 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds. This results in a total presentation time of 6 minutes 40 seconds before the next presenter is up. Pecha Kucha was originally started in Tokyo, Japan as a designers’ show and tell event and has since been replicated in cities all over the world.

I have taken this presentation format as a point of departure for the musical form of my piece for Trio Trafique. The piece is essentially a presentation of the musical materials that I created over a period of twenty consecutive days during the Spring of 2008. A further period of twenty days allowed for the translation of the initial materials into a traditional musical score. Perhaps a little like the old process of making etchings in which drawings on a metal plate first have to be subjected to an etching process before they can be printed on paper, the electronically ‘improvised’ materials have to pass through the slow process of being translated into a musical score that is then played by musicians.

Score PDF


For some inspiring examples of the art of etching take a look at the website of Crown Point Press.

A very beautiful depiction of the etching process can also be found in a scene from the movie Goya’s Ghosts