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BEASTory

Jonty Harrison

  • Year of composition: 2010
  • Duration: 8:09
  • Instrumentation: multichannel fixed medium

Surround 5.1

To Scott Wilson

BEASTory is a short étude based on sound recordings of the component elements of the BEAST system (stands, metalwork, cables, plugs, switches, flight-cases, trolleys…) when it is not actually performing, but being stored, transported, set up, taken down and loaded into trucks.

In the first performance, different sound materials were spatialised in different ways under the real-time control of the the BEASTmulch software, largely written by my friend and colleague Scott Wilson as a performance controller, but also offering the compositional option that the spatial deployment of material remains open until each unique performance, rather than being fixed in a specific number of channels in the studio.

BEASTory was conceived as an ‘n-channel’ piece and thus attempts to explore the fuzzy boundary between composition and performance made possible when flexible and sophisticated software (BEASTmulch) is used to control large loudspeaker system (BEAST).

The recordings were made on BEAST gigs and, with the assistance of Julien Guillamat, in the ‘BEAST store’ (hence the awful title — sorry!).

[iv-16]

Premiere

  • July 29, 2010, Inventionen 2010: BEASTory 1, St Elisabeth-Kirche, Berlin (Germany)

Firmament-schlaflos

Hans Tutschku

  • Year of composition: 2010
  • Duration: 20:23
  • Instrumentation: 16-channel fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T8028817224

Surround 5.1

To Omar Alvarez

A universe of sound is surrounding us ‘from within.’ It’s composed of our dreams, fears and longings. It only exists within our body, our own imagination. We want to share it; but there are no words, no possible descriptions. We are sitting on a meadow on a warm night, alone, watching the stars. Nobody is disturbing our thoughts. Nobody is limiting our space. We don’t have to rush anywhere; we have time to let go and to follow these sounding creatures… It’s not a nightmare; it’s just the interplay of our imagination.

[x-14]


Firmament — schlaflos [Firmament — sleepless] was realized in 2010 at Harvard University Studio for Electroacoustic Composition (HUSEAC) (Cambridge, MA, USA) and premiered on July 29, 2010 during the festival Inventionen in St Elisabeth-Kirche in Berlin (Germany). Thanks to Sarah Sun (recorded voice).

Premiere

  • July 29, 2010, Inventionen 2010: BEASTory 2, St Elisabeth-Kirche, Berlin (Germany)

Composition

Zwei Räume

Hans Tutschku

  • Year of composition: 2008
  • Duration: 21:03
  • Instrumentation: 24-channel fixed medium
  • ISWC: T8026661224

Surround 5.1

To Fokmar Hein

Premiere

  • August 3, 2008, Inventionen 2008: GRM & Friends, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin (Germany)

Le travail du rêve

Francis Dhomont

  • Year of composition: 2008-09, 10, 11
  • Duration: 17:11
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Commission: Ina-GRM
  • ISWC: T7024107619

Stereo

Le travail du rêve (The Work of Dreams) is the fourth autonomous preliminary work for Le cri du Choucas, a long work in progress about Franz Kafka’s world, works, and character.

In psychoanalytical terms, the work of dreams describes the development process of the images populating our sleep and their tricks: associations, distortions, displacements, condensations…, a dreamworld syntax that shares commonalities with Kafka’s style: “My talent for portraying my dreamlike inner life has thrust all other matters into the background […]” (Diaries 1910-1923: August 6, 1914, Kafka). Here, my music writing draws inspiration from the unexpected figures, associations, and metamorphoses of these rhetorics, hiding under illusory incoherence the disguised discourse of the being’s depths.

[English translation: François Couture, vi-09]


Le travail du rêve was realized in 2009 at the composer’s studio in Avignon (France) and premiered on July 30, 2009 during the 25th Festival de Radio France et Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon at the Salle Pasteur of Le Corum in Montpellier (France). A new (2010) version was premiered on July 30, 2010 during the Inventionen 2010 festival at the St Elisabeth-Kirche in Berlin (Germany). It was commissioned by the Ina-GRM.

Premiere

  • July 30, 2009, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon: Rendez-vous de 18h, Salle Pasteur — Le Corum, Montpellier (Hérault, France)
  • July 30, 2010, Premiere of 210 version: Inventionen 2010: BEASTory 3, St Elisabeth-Kirche, Berlin (Germany)
  • January 22, 2011, Premiere of the final version: Multiphonies 2010-11: Akousma, Auditorium Saint-Germain — MPAA, Paris (France)

Composition

Revision

Castalie

Gilles Gobeil

  • Year of composition: 2008
  • Duration: 10:41
  • Instrumentation: 32-channel fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Yul média
  • Commission: DAAD
  • ISWC: T9167476382

Surround 5.0

Inspired freely by The Glass Bead Game, a novel by Hermann Hesse (1887-1962).

To celebrate the 60th birthday of musique concrète, I decided to stick closely to the spirit of the origins, so I opted to use concrete sources almost exclusively, and to apply very light treatments — if any — to them.

This piece was realized in 32 tracks and designed to tap into the possibilities offered by a triple playback system consisting of the Wave Field Synthesis (WFS), the GRM’s Acousmonium (Paris, France), and a mini-dome similar to the one found at the ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany).

[English translation: François Couture, v-15]


Castalie [Castalia] was realized in 2008 in the studios of Technische Universität (TU) in Berlin (Germany). It premiered on July 31, 2008 during SMC08. This work was commissioned by DAAD. Thanks to Folkmar Hein, and Ingrid Beirer. Castalie was awarded the First prize at the 2009 Black & White Audiovisual Festival in Porto (Portugal), and a Mention at the 36th Bourges International Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art Competition (France, 2009).

Premiere

  • July 31, 2008, SMC 2008: Concert, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin (Germany)

Awards

Composition

Les lointains noirs et rouges

Gilles Gobeil

  • Year of composition: 2008-09
  • Duration: 10:46
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Yul média
  • Commission: Folkmar Hein
  • ISWC: T9167476348

Surround 5.0

To Folkmar Hein

Part of the sound materials of this piece comes from recordings made in the apartment of Folkmar Hein, the sponsor of this work. These many and various materials (grandfather clock, sliding doors, dish noises, thumps on various pieces of furniture, coffee machine, ancient scales, food processor, heating system, gas stove, range hoods, shawm, zither, refrigerator, birds heard from the balcony, as well as the bells of the Rathaus Schöneberg) can be perceived with a very special color for the dedicatee of this piece. I completed this list by integrating to it a multitude of concrete sounds, and I also tried to breathe poetry into this everyday universe to carry it to far-away imaginary worlds of blacks and reds.

[v-15]


Les lointains noirs et rouges [The Distant Blacks and Reds] was realized in 2008-09 in the studios of the Technische Universität (TU) in Berlin (Germany) and at the composer’s studio in Montréal. The work premiered on January 25, 2009 during the Ultraschall festival at the Haus des Rundfunks (Berlin, Germany). It was commissioned by Folkmar Hein. Thanks to Folkmar Hein, and Ingrid Beirer. The work was awarded the Special mention Musiques & Recherches at the 4th Destellos Electroacoustic Composition Competition (Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2011).

Premiere

  • January 25, 2009, Ultraschall 2009: Das Elektronische Studio der TU Berlin, Großer Sendesaal des rbb — Haus des Rundfunks, Berlin (Germany)

Awards

Composition

Mixing

Encounters in the Republic of Heaven

Trevor Wishart

  • Year of composition: 2010-11
  • Duration: 75:00
  • Instrumentation: 8-channel fixed medium

Surround 5.0

Premiere

  • May 4, 2011, Concert, Sage Gateshead, Gateshead (England, UK)

Inventio — Musicae clavichordii et sonorum artificiosorum

Sukhi Kang

  • Year of composition: 1984
  • Duration: 23:30
  • Instrumentation: piano and fixed medium

Stereo