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structures of molten light

 

 

Instrumentation: amplified bass flute, amplified bass clarinet, percussion (including radio/tape player), piano (including radio), violin, cello.

Durata: 9'

Premiere: March 23rd, 2011 at the double portrait concert in Estonian Music Days, Tallinn, by Curious Chamber Players, conducted by Rei Munakata

Commission: Kulturrådet/Estonian Music Days

Program note: When do everyday sounds like a car engine, the rolling of a suitcase or the scraping of shoe heels on the pavement become music? In structures of molten light I have used my field recordings from Paris and Stockholm in relation to newly recorded material from the dusk and dawn of Tokyo. Short fragments of recorded “street situations” have been analysed in detail and translated in to layers of instrumental playing. On a documentary level interesting and unexpected timings among city activities can sometimes occur, but my aim was to transform the material into a semi fictional world, a “staged” version of the original urban moment, where parameters such as timing, dynamic and timbre have developed new dramatic significances with purposeful interactions.

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