Saturday 15 October
Acousmonium Session VI
Commissioned Works & Live Performances
Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche
22:15 – 23:30
Thomas Lehn & Marcus Schmickler
A clash of analogue and digital sound synthesis.
Thomas Lehn (GE, 1958) creates analogue live electronic music using an EMS Synthi A modular analogue synthesizer.
Marcus Schmickler (DE, 1968) plays the digital synthesizer and the computer. They are considered to be the best synth duo ever, combining the feel of classic, composed electronic music with the raw, crackling energy of a free improv-session.
Forest is a synthetic sound world, suggesting a forest environment and designed to trigger a form of “peripheral hearing”. The music is made using a variety of digital and analogue electronic techniques, designed to evoke the sounds of an imaginary forest with material which is reminiscent of insects, birds, crickets, frogs, air… Almost all the sounds will be high frequency. The music will be played back (diffused) spatially at a very low volume, sometimes quite imperceptibly. The sound is conceived as a representation of an actually existing place – projected from inner-imagination into the performance space in a way which will induce a particularly concentrated state of mind, but one which is not focused on an exact image. The idea is that the sounds will invite listeners to form their own associations, there will be space left for their imagination and for them to connect the externally projected sounds with their own “inner sounds”. The peripheral / low volume nature of the music will cause a form of searching in the minds of listeners. The sounds will be mostly high frequency electronic loops, with rhythmic patterns which could induce a slightly hypnotic state – so that the landscape connects with a subconscious part of the listeners, bringing the landscape alive in their inner-imagination. The diffusion of this music via the Acousmonium will be considered to be a visit to this imaginary landscape, or as a door opening into it. A recording of this live-diffusion will be considered to be a “field recording” of this landscape. Hilary Jeffery has been creating and collecting raw materials for this environment during summer 2011. These materials will be constructed and tried out in September at GRM Studios in Paris. The main idea is not to make a classical composition, but to create a complete multi-channel forest landscape designed for the Acousmonium which will be “visited” during the performance.
Hilary Jeffery (UK) is a trombonist and composer. He performs with many groups and musicians, including Zeitkratzer, Catherine Christer Hennix, Lysn and The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation. His current research is into new compositional forms conceived as maps to explore spatial dimensions of sound.
New commissioned work
KTL is the collaboration between computer music innovator Peter Rehberg (AT, 1968) and composer/guitarist Stephen O’Malley (US) of the drone metal band SUNN O))). KTL has created soundtracks for silent films, performed live at venues all over the world, and has worked on several scores for the French theatre group D.A.C.M., directed by Gisèle Vienne.