Fragmented Visions (CD-R) Track listing detail

Mapping

Monty Adkins

  • Year of composition: 1995-97
  • Duration: 14:19
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T0108479362

Mapping depicts the slow evolution of an imagined landscape. It leads the listener through unknown territories, arriving at landing points from time to time by means of transformed sounds originating from the real world, either concrete or musical. Over and over the work plays with the idea of starting-out, either musically (with quotations from early Schaeffer and some of my own early piano music) or concretely (children learning a new game or learning to ride a bike). The work unfolds structurally as material emerges and is incorporated into the musical landscape. New material is continually being added until the final quarter of the piece. Some of this material is transformed throughout the work, while other parts remain unchanged, serving as points of reference as the piece evolves.

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Mapping was realized in 1995 in the Electroacoustic Music Studios of the University of Birmingham (UK) and revised in 1997 in the studios of University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK) and of EMS (Stockholm, Sweden). It premiered on May 29, 1995 at the Artothek (Vienna, Austria). The work was awarded 1st Prize at the Hungarian Radio’s EAR’95 International Competition of Electroacoustic Music (Budapest, Hungary, 1995) and was a finalist at the 5th Prix international Noroit-Léonce Petitot (Arras, France, 1998) and at the 26th Bourges International Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art Competition (France, 1999).


Premiere

  • May 29, 1995, Concert, Artothek — MUSA, Vienna (Austria)

Awards

Melt

Monty Adkins

  • Year of composition: 1994
  • Duration: 11:41
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T0108896429

This work initially grew out of my daily travels to the studio in Birmingham, from my then home some thrity kilometers away. Melt is a poetic depiction of a train journey and draws on Turner’s painting Rain, Steam, and Speed (1844). By its very subject matter, it makes reference to Schaeffer’s early work Étude aux chemins de fer (1948). The quality of Turner’s later work that appeals most to me is the sense that more definable objects have been painted over, how hard lines have been dissolved. There is a sense of implication and suggestion. The work is based on the mediation between extremes: smooth to pulsed motion and raw to processed sonic material. The sonic material for this piece comprises unprocessed recordings of trains, station announcements and station concourses, synthetic materials which are modelled after the motion and characteristics of the raw source materials and finally, synthetic materials of a dream world. Throughout the work, sounds of the real world melt/morph into their dream-world equivalent as a traveller lapses in and out of a daydream.

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Melt was realized in 1994 in the Electroacoustic Music Studios of the University of Birmingham (UK) and premiered in 1995 at the Synthèse Festival in Bourges (France). The work was awarded a Prix Résidence at the 22nd Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (France, 1994) and the First prize of the Stockholm Electronic Arts Award (Sweden, 1995).


Premiere

  • June 1995, Synthèse 1995: Concert, Bourges (Cher, France)

Awards

Deepfield

Monty Adkins

  • Year of composition: 2000
  • Duration: 12:22
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • Commission: Césaré, Planétarium de Reims
  • ISWC: T9247685081

For many years the Hubble space telescope has been sending back to earth images of astronomical events that stretch further and further back into the history of the universe. Deepfield is a sonic exploration of these terrae incognitae — a world of violent explosions, extreme temperatures and velocities. The structural model for the work are the most distant stars yet discovered — quasars (quasi-stellar-astronomical-radio-source) — discovered in 1963. A quasar is an object of stellar appearance of exceptionally high luminoisty. The spectrum of a quasar shows emission lines that have very high redshifts. They are the nucleus of primordial galaxies at the centre of which is a huge black hole which is continually sucking in all surrounding gas. The quasar accretes material in the form of a spiral faster than the speed of light. This material is subject to huge pressures as it collapses passing through the event horizon into a singularity — where an infinite mass occupies an infinitessimally small space. The material for the work is derived from the sounds of rocks of various sizes and gas cylinders.

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Deepfield was realized in 2000 at Césaré (Reims, France) and premiered on October 24, 2000 at the Planétarium de Reims (France). It was commissioned by Césaré and the Planétarium de Reims (France). The work was awarded Honorable Mentions at the 23rd Luigi Russolo International Competition (Varese, Italy, 2001) and the Concurso Internacional de Composição Electroacústica Música Viva (Portugal, 2002).


Premiere

  • October 24, 2000, Concert, Planétarium de Reims, Reims (Marne, France)

Awards

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