Born in Grenoble (France) in 1944, Szajner (pronounced Shy-nerr) first made his name as a lighting and visual effects designer for artists such Magma, Gong, Stomu Yamashta and the Who. During the 1970s he moved on from conventional lighting technology and pioneered the creative and commercial use of lasers, with blue chip clients including Cartier and Renault. Szajner then set about inventing a novel laser harp (or ‘Syeringe’), partly inspired by a fictional instrument in the book Nova by Samuel Delany. The new instrument reversed the orthodox logic of light triggered by music, to create music triggered by light, as well as controlling sound in a manner impossible with conventional synthesizers, and delivering a wider octave range. Despite costing £15,000 to develop, and proving problematic at the first public display at Les Halles, the laser harp soon became the stuff of legend, and Szajner agreed to build another for Jean-Michel Jarre and his concerts in China.An admirer of A Rainbow In Curved Air by Terry Riley, Szajner also set about recording soundtracks for his own performances, despite being a professed non-musician, who had stopped listening to music in 1977. ‘But I don’t want to play the laser harp too much,’ he admitted, ‘because people will think of me only in terms of the man who plays this instrument, which is wrong.’ Moreover: ‘People got seduced by the power of the harp itself, and forgot to listen to the music.’ That said, Szajner would subsequently develop several other son et lumière instruments, including a sphere responsive to touch, and another involving a hologram with outstretched virtual hands which, when touched, triggered notes.
This piece, " OBSCURE" asks the one question of " why" why am i " obscure", when the word of which I am the representant seems to carry a sense clear and evident. Would i be endowed with multiple senses?