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Ken Steen: Assumption

Ken Steen, composer.

Ken Steen, composer.

Audiorama presenterar prof. Ken Steen (USA) med ett uruppförande av hans nya verk "Assumption" (2016) som har realiserats på tonsättarresidens på CAMAC i Frankrike samt VICC på Gotland. Han medverkar även live i konsertens andra verk, baserat på Italo Calvinos moderna klassiker "De osynliga städerna" ("Le città invisibili", 1972).

"Assumptions" (30')
– Paus – 
"Eventual Cities" – after Italo Calvino’s "Invisible Cities"

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Assumption (30') – premiere

The primary sound sources of this fixed audio work were derived from a quartet of 18th c. bells and a decaying antique harmonium. They were collected in 2012 from the 12 c. L’Eglise de l’Assomption in Marnay-sur-Seine, France, while I was in residence at CAMAC, and composed/mixed in 2016 in Studio Alpha at VICC in Visby, Gotland. Much of the piece relies on juxtaposition of the beautifully out-of-tune harmonium (noisy, decrepit pedals and all…), with vocal and other sonorities based on spectral analyses of the bells that evolve over extended periods of time.

Originally conceived to be symphonic in scope with a total duration of 30 minutes and a rich sonic palette in 5.1, this presentation of Assumption will premier the completely remixed version of the work designed specifically for Audiorama. 


Eventual Cities

Informed by the underlying structure and content of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, this work for narrator and MAX patch explores Calvino’s literary invention through the improvisationally deployed sonic transmutation of a single sound source - a recording of a one minute solo bass clarinet piece of mine as performed by Guido Arbonelli - and fragmentary, algorithmically generated non-linear story telling performed live. Created partially from repurposed sonic materials in early 2017, and the performance interface developed collaboratively with composer/technologist Matt Sargent, Eventual Cities is one in a series of pieces either informed by or composed in response to a broad array of Calvino’s writings.


Ken Steen

Ken Steen's music and sound art is recognized internationally for its authentic vitality, remarkable range and distinctive personal vision. Whether acoustic, electronic or some multimedia combination, his work has often been characterized as seductively gorgeous, featuring sumptuous textures of gradual yet unpredictable evolution. In the last 3 years alone Steen's work in various forms has enjoyed more than 80 performances on 5 continents: from Mumbai to Tripoli, Paris, Buenos Aires, Reykjavík and New York City. Ken Steen is Professor of Composition and Music Theory and director of Studio D (the electronic music/sound/noise studio) at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School, in Connecticut, USA.


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