Klang, Kar, und Melodie

Mark Wingate

Klang, Kar, und Melodie

  • Mark Wingate
  • Year of composition: 1996
  • Duration: 7:30
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium

Klang, Kar, und Melodie depicts a day in the life of an Austin, Texas commuter. So why the German title? It is a bad pun on the musical term “Klangfarbenmelodie” coined by German composer Arnold Schoenberg which means literally: “Sound-color-melody”. German intellectualism aside, this piece is a hallucinatory journey through the congested arterial streets and back alleyways of an American city near the end of the millenium, as well as a glimpse into the inner psyche of a human being forced to navigate through such chaos. It starts innocently enough during a sunny morning on a downtown Austin street corner. What follows however, belies the state our modern, urban, mechanistic society, and in the United States at least, many people’s utter dependence upon the “automobile” for their very existence.

[source: Réseaux des arts médiatiques]

Klang, Kar, und Melodie won in 1996 the Prix de la musique électroacoustique de caractère at the 23rd International Electroacoustic Music Competition in Bourges, France, and an Honorable Mention at the 1997 Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria.