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Louder Than Life

Åke Parmerud

  • Year of composition: 2020-21
  • Duration: 32:54
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T3082116090

Stereo

ISRC CAD502210012

To Anders Blomqvist, in memoriam

Louder Than Life, in five movements, is dedicated to my dearest friend, composer Anders Blomqvist (1956-2020). While the work is intended to be listened to in its entirety; separate movements, or combination of movements, may also be played.

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Louder Than Life was realized in 2020-21 at the composer’s studio in Gothenburg (Sweden) and premiered on September 30, 2021 in the Mehrzwecksaal of the Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien in Vienna (Austria) during the festival Echoes Around Me produced by The Acousmatic Project. The movement Adagio was awarded the first prize ex æquo (C category — over 50 years old) at the 12th Biennial Acousmatic Composition Competition Métamorphoses (Brussels, Belgium, 2022).


Premiere

  • September 30, 2021, Echoes Around Me: Parmerud, Ensemble Hybrid Voices, Armando Balice, Mehrzwecksaal — Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Vienna (Austria)

Louder Than Life, 2: Scherzo

Åke Parmerud

  • Duration: 5:55
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T3068473025 / T3127465190

Stereo

ISRC CAD502210006

  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Louder Than Life, 3: Largo

Åke Parmerud

  • Duration: 6:11
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T3068473150 / T3127465236

Stereo

ISRC CAD502210007

  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Louder Than Life, 4: Presto

Åke Parmerud

  • Duration: 4:43
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T3068473263 / T3127465703

Stereo

ISRC CAD502210008

  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Louder Than Life, 5: Coda

Åke Parmerud

  • Duration: 5:39
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T9119648963 / T3068473321

Stereo

ISRC CAD502210009

  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Raw

Åke Parmerud

  • Year of composition: 2013
  • Duration: 17:33
  • Instrumentation: 24-channel fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • Commission: Geiger
  • ISWC: T9104667596

Stereo

ISRC CAD502210010

  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

The piece was made for an event produced by Geiger, a new music organization in Gothenburg (Sweden), where I live. I wanted to make a “noisy” piece since Geiger somehow tends to prefer noise music for their events.

Raw was made from one sound source only which is the most uncontrollable software synth I have ever encountered: Skrewell produced by Native Instruments. I decided to use its “raw” output, not trying to perfect the sound in any way, not adding any processing nor effects.

Raw finally came out as a kind of composed improvisation where I combined prerecorded material with live performance. Of course it was a complete failure taken as a noise piece. I guess I reached my limits as a musical chameleon in this case, but I am still quite happy with the final outcome — created in less than a week.

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Raw was realized in 2013 at the composer’s studio in Gothenburg (Sweden) and premiered on April 13, 2013 during the GEIGERs Aprilfest 2013 in Gothenburg. The piece was commissioned by Geiger.


Premiere

  • April 13, 2013, GEIGERs Aprilfest 2013: Concert, Skjul Fyra Sex, Gothenburg (Sweden)

Dark Matter

Åke Parmerud

  • Year of composition: 2018
  • Duration: 9:42
  • Instrumentation: 8-channel fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • Commission: Dias de Música Electroacústica (DME)
  • ISWC: T9296489775

Stereo

ISRC CAD502210011

  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Dark Matter is not about the mystical astronomic entity needed to make the equations describing the behavior of the universe work out. Invisible and until now impossible to detect it might just be a phantom of science. Instead the piece is about a sounding “matter” that we normally can’t hear but that surrounds us wherever there are any kind of electric devices. Microwave ovens, cellphones, computers, lightbulbs, and the like all emit electromagnetic fields of energy. These fields can be measured, recorded and made audible using special sensing devices. The majority of the sounds in the piece are recordings of these “invisible” sounds. As there is maybe dark matter alongside the matter that we can see and measure, so is there also sounds of electric phenomena that we can normally hear in the piece. However just as the dark matter of the universe is way much more common than visible matter in the universe, so the inaudible “dark” matter of electromagnetic fields make up some 90% of the piece. Dark Matter lets the listener walk through these fields and hear them as they would sound if they were not dark.

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Dark Matter was realized in 2018 at the composer’s studio in Gothenburg (Sweden) and premiered on April 7, 2018 during the Dias de Música Electroacústica 60 festival in the Auditório of the Casa Municipal da Cultura in Seia (Portugal). Dark Matter was commisioned by Dias de Música Electroacústica (DME).


Premiere

  • April 7, 2018, Dias de Música Electroacústica 60: Åke Parmerud — Concerto monográfico, Auditório — Casa Municipal da Cultura, Seia (Portugal)