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PULS: Two curated concerts in R1

  • R1 Reaktorhallen 51 Drottning Kristinas väg Stockholm, Stockholms län, 114 28 Sweden (map)
R1 Reaktorhallen ©Marcus Wrangö/Audiorama

R1 Reaktorhallen ©Marcus Wrangö/Audiorama

Concert #3 and #4 in EAU and Audiorama’s PULS project 2018/2019, curated for Audiorama by Swedish composer Savannah Agger and composer and artist Cristian Vogel, will take place during the festival Svensk Musikvår in the legendary venue R1 Reaktorhallen in Stockholm. Free admission!

Concert #3: Places/Spaces

Saturday 16 March 16.00
Curated by Swedish composer Savannah Agger
Free admission!

At first only the point of entry is recognised; beyond lies space. In time more and more landmarks are identified and the subject gains confidence in movement. Finally the space consists of familiar landmarks and paths – in other words, place. (pp.71 Yi-Fu Tuan 1977)

In acousmatic music both place(s) and spaces(s) are a great source of inspiration. In this concert you will hear a selection of recent compositions that relate to place(s) and/or space(s) in many different ways.

• Hans Tutschku, Remembering Japan – part 1
• Clemens von Reusner, Definierte Lastbedingung
• Brona Martin, NightEscape
• Erik Nyström, Textonics
• Annie Mahtani, Inversions
• Jorge Garcia Moncada, Hüzün

For programme notes and presentations, se below.

Concert #4: An Evening of Spatialised Electronic Music

Saturday 16 March 20.00
Curated by composer Cristian Vogel

Free admission!

• SØS Gunver Ryberg, Shapeshifter
• Jonathan Harvey, Mortuos Plango Vivos Voco
• Anders Tveit, And the ticks turn into tocks and the tocks turn into ticks
• Cristian Vogel, Acceleration Morphosis – World Premiere
• Koenraad Ecker, Transparent Bodies, Submarine Roots – World Premiere
• Cristian Vogel, WokeSeq – World Premiere
• Tine Surel Lange, W O R K S F O R L I S T E N I N G – No. 2; No. 10
• Banrei, Cholalcho

For programme notes and presentations, se below.

Savannah Agger ©Gerhard Behles

Savannah Agger ©Gerhard Behles

Savannah Agger – curates Concert #3

Savannah Agger (*1971) is a composer and performer from Sweden, living in Berlin. Her work includes music for rock bands, jazz, orchestra, choir, chamber ensembles and primarily multichannel tape pieces, mixed music and interactive electronics. She has written concert pieces, as well as music for several theatre, new circus and contemporary dance performances.

Cristian Vogel – curates Concert #4

Cristian Vogel is a long-term innovator in the composition, design and performance of electronic sounds. His independent career in advanced music and audio technology has established him as an outstanding influence in the field of composition for stage, club culture and studio. He has lived in Brighton, Barcelona, Berlin and is currently resident in Copenhagen where he continues to innovate technologically based music and sound at NeverEngine Labs.

Cristian Vogel ©Tanya Goehring

Cristian Vogel ©Tanya Goehring

Hans Tutschku: Remembering Japan – part 1 (2016)

8 channel electroacoustic composition
Duration: 9:48 min

“This is the first part of a series of compositions. In 2014 I spent three months in Japan, researching musical rituals, improvising with local musicians and recording countless sounds in temples, gardens, streets and nature. I'm aiming to create a sonic voyage by revisiting those recordings and by bringing spatially and temporally unrelated sonic scenes into the same room. The work is clearly based on Japanese culture while reflecting at the same time my own compositional preoccupations: polyphony, density, space and memory as structuring and formal principles.”

Hans Tutschku

Hans Tutschku was born in Weimar in 1966. Some of his first experiences with electronic music came with the “Ensemble for Intuitive Music Weimar” of which he has been a member since 1982. He studied electronic music composition at the Dresden College of Music and, starting in 1989, participated in several of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s concert cycles to learn the art of sound direction. He continued his studies in sonology and electroacoustic composition at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague (1991/92), followed by a year’s study at IRCAM in Paris (1994). In 1996 he participated in composition workshops with Klaus Huber and Brian Ferneyhough.

Hans Tutschku has taught electroacoustic composition as a guest professor in Weimar (1995/96); electroacoustic composition at IRCAM in Paris (1997–2001); and at the conservatory of Montbéliard (2001–2004). In May 2003 he completed a doctorate (PhD) with Professor Jonty Harrison at the University of Birmingham, and during the spring term of 2003 was the “Edgard Varèse Guest Professor” at the Technical University of Berlin. Since 2004, he is the Fanny P. Mason Professor of Music at Harvard University, where he teaches composition and works as director of the electroacoustic studios.

Besides his regular courses at the university, he is regularly teaching international workshops for musicians and non-musicians on aspects of art appreciation, listening, creativity, composition, improvisation, live-electronics and sound spatialization.

Hans Tutschku is the winner of many international composition competitions, including: Bourges, CIMESP Sao Paulo, Hanns Eisler Prize, Prix Ars Electronica, Prix Noroit, and Prix Musica Nova. In 2005 he received the culture prize of the city of Weimar. He held a Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study for 2013, and a stipend from the Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission for 2014. In 2015 he received a commission from the Fromm Music Foundation. In 2017, his composition Remembering Japan won the first prize at the composition competition Klang!, as well as the first prize at the CIME ICEM competition; and he was awarded the ZKM Giga-Hertz production prize for ‘pressure-divided’.

Clemens von Reusner: Definierte Lastbedingung

Definierte Lastbedingung (Defined Load Condition) is based upon the sound of electromagnetic fields generated by electrical equipment. Numerous recordings of electromagnetic fields were made at the Institute for Electrical Machines, Traction and Drives (IMAB) of the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, with a special microphone.

The recorded material has hardly any of what is otherwise typical for “musical“ sound. There is no spatial depth, nor any dynamics. In their identity as noise, the sounds are static, although they are internally mobile. They usually seem awkward, even hermetic such as the familiar humming of the mains. “Definierte Lastbedingung” (a technical term when testing electrical machines) works with these sounds using the resources of the electronic studio, in which they are examined in their structure and designed anew. 

Spatialization: ambisonic 3rd order.

Definierte Lastbedingung featured as the German contribution to the World Music Days for New Music in Vancouver in 2017 and was nominated for the Prix Phonurgia in France in 2017.

Clemens von Reusner

Clemens von Reusner (b. 1957) is a composer and sound artist based in Germany, whose work is focused on electroacoustic music. He studied musicology and music-education – drums with Abbey Rader and Peter Giger. At the end of the 1980s development of the music software KANDINSKY MUSIC PAINTER.

Clemens von Reusner is a member of the German Composers' Society (Deutscher Komponistenverband, DKV), the German Society for New Music (Gesellschaft für Neue Musik, GNM) and of the German Society For Electroacoustic Music (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Elektroakustische Musik, DEGEM). He also worked as a curator and served as a jury member at international electroacoustic festivals.

He has been commissioned to compose works for radio and his compositions have received numerous international broadcasts and performances in Americas, Asia, Europe. Invitations to ISCM World New Music Days 2011, Zagreb , Croatia, and ISCM World New Music Days 2017, Vancouver, Canada.

Brona Martin: NightEscape (2018)

NightEscape is the first in a series of works that will explore the soundscape that surrounds Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida where I have attended residencies with composers Jonty Harrison and Natasha Barrett. NightEscape explores a night-time soundscape using a field recording as the source material. Crickets dominate this field recording. I find the sound of crickets extremely relaxing and calming and their presence reinforces the fact that I am somewhere else, exploring and travelling because their sound to me is somehow exotic. I have restricted myself to using one night-time recording, which facilitates the exploration of this recording in detail. NightEscape was composed using a ring of 8 loudspeakers. The piece offers the listener time to immerse themselves in a meditative and calming soundscape, taking time out of busy schedules to pause, reflect and escape.”

This piece was composed at EMS, Stockholm, March 2018.

Brona Martin

Brona Martin is an Electroacoustic composer and sound artist from Banagher, Co. Offaly, Ireland. Brona's research interests include narrative in Electroacoustic music, soundscape composition, acoustic communication and spatialisation. Her research explores metaphorical and real-world representations of diverse soundworlds, images and experiences, where the aim is to reveal particular sonic characters that are not normally the focus of listening. Brona's portfolio of works explore the layers and textures of sounds that contribute to the overall sonic-makeup of specific places both real and imaginary. Through listening, recording, analysing and processing, the layers of a soundworld are studied in great detail. Processing of these materials reveals the sonic qualities and the internal behaviour of specific sounds.

Brona's artistic portfolio offers an in depth and alternative listening perspective and experience where the complexity of everyday sounds are examined and rearranged into a new context. References are also made to the design of the acoustic environment where noise pollution often masks the more pleasant sounds of the natural environment. 

Her acousmatic works composed in stereo, 5.1 and 8-channel have included the creative exploration of soundscapes from Ireland, Manchester, East Coast Australia, Spain and Germany. Her works have been performed internationally at EMS, ACMC, ICMC, NYCEMF, ISSTA, ZKM, BEAST, Balance/Unbalance, SSSP, iFIMPaC, Sonorities and MANTIS. Have a listen to some of her work here.

Brona is currently a Teaching Fellow in Composition at the University of Southampton.

Erik Nyström: Textonics (2017)

‘Textonics’ is a word invented to allude to two defining aspects of texture in this work. The first is a reference to textons – micro-spatial constituents of texture – here shaped by irregular, incomplete fragments of synthesised sound. The second is tectonics – textures coagulate into dense masses like a ‘geomorphology’, and are layered vertically in the frequency spectrum, and distributed horizontally as overlapping fields. In this work, the two domains reflect a continuum between technology and nature, creating a material embodiment of information, in which no essences, basic elements, or purities exist. Unpolished, exposed, technological glitches are reframed as possibly physical, chemical, or biological, when the momentum of the music proposes a context of forces – an acousmatic place of digital, ‘postnatural physics’.

The piece was composed on the Game of Life 192 loudspeaker Wave Field Synthesis system in The Hague, The Netherlands, in 2017. This version is an eight-channel adaptation of the original WFS version.

Erik Nyström

Erik Nyström’s output includes live computer music, electroacoustic works, and sound installations. Most of his work is created for multichannel systems, and explores sound synthesis, spatial texture and algorithmic systems. He is currently Lecturer in Music at City, University of London, and was previously a Leverhulme Fellow at BEAST, Birmingham. He performs worldwide and his music has been published by empreintes DIGITALes.

Annie Mahtani: Inversions – For Néle 

Inversions began as a live improvisatory piece to be performed alongside Néle Azevedo’s Minimum Monument project in Birmingham 2014. Minimum Monument is an open-air exhibition displaying 5000 figures made of ice inverting the official canons of the monument as, in Azevedo’s words: “in the place of the hero, the anonym; in the place of the solidity of the stone, the ephemeral ice; in the place of the monumental scale, the minimum scale of the perishable bodies. Thousands of small sculptures of ice are placed in public space. The memory is inscribed in the photographic image and shared by everyone. It is no longer reserved to great heroes nor to great monuments. It loses its static condition to gain fluidity in the urban displacement and in the change of state of the water. It concentrates small sculptures of small men, the common men.” 

The sound material was recorded during the exhibition’s two week creation period; an intensive production line of delicate sculpting, chiselling and freezing. The fragility of the solitary figures transform into a majestic army as the microscopic sounds of each sculpture multiply in their thousands. 

Annie Mahtani

Annie Mahtani is an electroacoustic composer, sound artist and performer working and living in Birmingham, UK. After completing her doctoral studies in composition in 2008 she has worked as a freelance composer, performer, curator and educator. 

Her work encompasses electronic music composition from acousmatic music to free improvisation. As a collaborator, Annie has worked extensively with dance, theatre and on site-specific installations. With a strong interest in field recording, Annie’s work often explores the inherent sonic nature and identity of environmental sound, amplifying sonic characteristics that are not normally audible to the naked ear. Her music explores abstract and recognisable sound worlds and all the spaces in between. With a preoccupation with space, Annie works extensively with multichannel audio both in concert pieces and in live performance. 

Annie is a Lecturer in Music at The University of Birmingham. She is co-director of SOUNDkitchen, a Birmingham based collective of curators, producers and performers of live electronic music and sound art.

Jorge Gregorio García Moncada: Hüzün (2015)

“The word Hüzün, according to the turkish writer Orhan Pamuk is ‘meant to convey a feeling of deep spiritual loss. To the Sufis, hüzün is the spiritual anguish we feel because we cannot be close enough to Allah. […] We begin to understand hüzün as, not the melancholy of a solitary person, but the black mood shared by millions of people together […], of an entire city, of Istanbul’. The soundscape material presented in the piece was taken during the 2013 political turmoil I was able to witness during a shot term visit in the city.”

Jorge Gregorio García Moncada

Jorge Gregorio García Moncada, PhD, is a full time faculty member of the Music Department at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, focused in a diversity of teaching and research activities in the fields of music composition and theory. He is founder and director of the BLAST system – Bogotá, Los Andes Sound Theatre, a multichannel sound diffusion system for performance of electroacoustic and mixed media musical works. He is director of the SPECTRA international electroacoustic music festival, based in Bogotá and hosted by BLAST.

SØS Gunver Ryberg: Shapeshifter

Commissioned by director Evelyn Hriberšek for her Augmented Reality installation 'Eurydike', this music was originally spatialised in realtime on head sets as an intimate experience for individual visitors. 

For this concert, one of the pieces from the installation has been transcoded into an immersive composition for a full audience to experience together. 

Composition and Sound Design: SØS Gunver Ryberg 
Spatialisation: SØS Gunver Ryberg
Mixdown at EMS, Stockholm
Duration: 3 mins
Format: HOA2D

Jonathan Harvey, Mortuos Plango Vivos Voco (1980)

“From 1976 to 1980 my son Dominic was a chorister at Winchester cathedral. During that period, and ever since, I have written a number of works associated with that wonderful building and choir. Listening to the choir rehearse, as I often did, with the bells simultaneously ringing above, was one of the mingled impressions which started me on this work: it is entirely based on the boy's voice and that of the largest bell. On this huge black bell is inscribed in beautiful lettering the following text: HORAS AVOLANTES NUMERO, MORTUOS PLANGO, VIVOS AD PRECES VOCO (I count the feeling hours, I lament the dead, I call the living to prayer) The bell counts time (each section has a differently pitched bell stroke at its beginning): it is itself a ‘dead’ sound for all its richess of sonority: the boy represents the living element. The bell surrounds the audience; they are, as it were, inside it: the boy ‘flies’ around like a free spirit.”
– Jonathan Harvey, 2005.

Mortuos Plango Vivos Voco is an 8 channel tape piece that was commissioned by IRCAM in 1980 and completed there using the most advanced spectral processing of the time. It remains a significant piece for many reasons, not least for the remarkable compositional language that emerges from the manipulation of spectral analysis data. The original audio stems for an octaphonic speaker arrangement have been re-spatialised especially for this concert. This rare performance has been made possible by Faber Music and IRCAM archives with the kind permission of Rosa and Anna Harvey.

Composition: Jonathan Harvey
HOA Spatialisation: Cristian Vogel at EMS Stockholm
Duration: 9 mins 
Format: HOA2D ( 8 virtual speakers )
Wikipedia: Jonathan Harvey
Wikipedia: Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco

Anders Tveit: And the ticks turn into tocks and the tocks turn into ticks

The title of this piece is taken from an answer given by free improvisation guitarist Derek Bailey to the question “What happens to time awareness during improvisation?” The title refers not only to my fascination with how we experience and perceive time and duration. 

The sound material is based on a number of recordings of mechanical clocks, timepieces and percussion. The piece was composed in 2013/14, commissioned by EAU (Electric Audio Unit) with funding from The Norwegian Composers Fund.

Composition and Spatialisation: Anders Tveit
Monologues: Andrew Hill and Myfawny Moore
Duration: 12 mins 
Format: HOA2D

Cristian Vogel: Acceleration Morphosis – World Premiere

Beings that mesh out time 
From deep within the Amazon 
Have methods of acceleration 
Which far exceed our own. 

Composition and Sound Design: Cristian Vogel
Spatialisation: Cristian Vogel
Duration 10 mins
Format: HOA2D 

Special thanks to EMS, Stockholm where this piece was mixed.

Koenraad Ecker: Transparent Bodies, Submarine Roots – World Premiere 

...After 3 days at sea, we passed the edge of our continent. We saw the high fences, the maze spiralling along the shore : metal braids and concrete blocks, imposing on the land a separation in the mind.

At night, liquid voices rose up from the depths of the ocean. They had sunk from the womb, straight into the pitch-black belly of the ocean, bird in hand. To survive the weight of the sea, their limbs had grown to tentacles, entangling the seaweed, their mouths transforming into gills to breathe the water. Transparent bodies, submarine roots extending in all directions....

The sound material used in this composition was recorded at the Belgian North Sea and in & around Berlin, July-October 2018, using a variety of microphones, piezos & hydrophones.

Composition and Sound Design: Koenraad Ecker
Spatialisation: Koenraad Ecker
Duration: 15 mins
Vimeo: “Under Glass Argus Eyes”

Cristian Vogel: WokeSeq – World Premiere

What happens in time and space when Global Sequences overlap? 
You'll hear the music of the Higher Orders of Progressive Warriors. 
That's what.
Re-activate space and time. 
Dis-activate hate and bigotry. 
Live in the contest of the moment. 
Wake up!

Composition and Sound Design: Cristian Vogel
Spatialisation: Cristian Vogel
Duration 3m30s
Format: HOA2D

Tine Surel Lange, W O R K S F O R L I S T E N I N G (2017- )

No. 2: Roof work

No. 10: Water and stones from arctic landscape 

In Works for Listening there is a strong focus on listening aesthetics and our psychological categorisation of sound. Surrounding sound environments are created with material taken from everyday life: organic sound sources to a varying degree reconstructed by tone, percussion, noise, resonance and voice layers. The sonic material in Works for listening appears as physical and tactile, and often abstracted from their original state. 

Surel Lange’s work with ambisonics is based on mono sound sources placed in space where the development in the material (pitch, filters, frequencies, dynamics) often are connected and emphasised and with vertical movement.

Works for Listening is a series of electro acoustic works developed at Notam (Norway), MISC (Lithuania) and EMS (Sweden). 

Composition and Sound Design: Tine Surel Lange
Spatialisation: Tine Surel Lange
Duration: 2'20 / 5' 
Format: HOA3D

Banrei: Cholalcho

Banrei's work makes use of impulses, bursts, and sirens, constructed from the rejectamenta of the music sampling process. Sources are obscured and listeners are confronted with the primal qualities of the wavelines – roughness, harmonies, shapes. Bursts are an imperative to break apart the authoritatively linear narratives of sound into a collection of simultaneously possible states.

The Corrido is a traditional Mexican ballad that rose to popularity during the Mexican revolution. The Corrido became a method of disseminating news, depicting the heroic feats of Pancho Villa and his rebel fighters. Subverted by the drug trade, a new genre has emerged called the Narcorrido. These songs detail the exploits of the cartels and their employees as heroes facing impossible odds. 

Cholalcho is a burst study on the popular Narcorrido “El Karma”. The moral of the song is roughly: Karma comes and goes, but nobody can escape the Reaper. Ironically, by the time the song rose to #1 on the Mexican pop charts, its singer, the 22-year old Ariel Camacho, had been slain one week prior in a suspicious car accident. 

Concept and Burst Selection: Banrei
Arrangement and Spatialisation: Cristian Vogel
Duration: 6 mins
Format: HOA2D

Cristian Vogel: Invisible Planets

Spatialised beyond stereo for the first time, a revisit to the short piece which opens Vogel's 2013 album – Eselsbrücke – a slight homage to the Swedish radiophonic sound art and tone compositions form the 70s, this piece uses complex rippling tones to partially submerge a past vision about mankind's increasingly automated and technological evolution.

Composition and Sound Design: Cristian Vogel
Spatialisation: Cristian Vogel
Duration: 3'20"
Format: HOA2D

Puls is The Nordic Culture Fund's three-year music initiative 2017–2019 aiming to strengthen the Nordic live music scene and bring musical experiences of high artistic quality to a wider Nordic public.

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Svensk Musikvår – Festivalen för Svensk Konstmusik

Earlier Event: March 4
Tempo Dokumentärfestival
Later Event: April 1
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