Intensities and Interludes

Erik Mikael Karlsson

  • Year of composition: 1998
  • Duration: 12:23
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium


This work uses the same vocal materials as Interiors and Interplays. I wanted to create a “breathing” piece without text. A piece which in the abstract sense of the word would consist of inhalations and exhalations, of contractions and dilations. The title Intensities and Interludes is directly referring to this theory of contrasts which over the years has been the fundament in my creation. The piece is structured both on a micro- and macro-level according to this theory and to certain “dramaturgical” rules. As I look back on my career in electroacoustic music which begins approximately 14 years ago, I can without exaggerating state that the tradition of the French “school” and especially musique concrète has been and still is the major musical influence for me. Commissioned by DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm.

[source: Réseaux des arts médiatiques]