• 37em SAISON MUSICALE multiphonies 14/15

    7 sep 2014, 16:49 av WaldoKanto
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    Une écoute réinventée...
    Les sons des musiques d’aujourd’hui sont en constante évolution. Les compositeurs les réinventent, utilisent de nouvelles palettes expressives pour penser et créer des musiques inouïes. Ce renouvellement permanent de cette matière primordiale qu’est le son nous pousse également à changer notre écoute. Il nous engage à découvrir, lors des concerts, des nouveaux espaces et modes de perception et à explorer un monde sonore toujours en train d’apparaître. L’histoire des sons et des musiques utilisant des dispositifs technologiques est déjà longue. Longue aussi est l’histoire de ces technologies qui ont servi, depuis les premiers tourne-disques, à réinventer le son. Ces magnétophones, phonogènes, synthétiseurs, ordinateurs, GRM Tools (parmi tellement d’autres dispositifs), ont toujours laissé une empreinte sur les sons, une manière de faire, une coloration, qui s’est ensuite transmise aux musiques pour s’installer lentement dans notre écoute, dans notre mémoire sonore.
    Notre saison de création Multiphonies est l’occasion de présenter des œuvres nouvelles produites dans nos studios, mais également de les mettre en relation avec des œuvres plus anciennes pour appuyer ce dialogue si enrichissant entre passé et présent. C’est aussi pourquoi nous avons décidé de débuter la plupart des concerts de cette nouvelle saison par une œuvre de Bernard Parmegiani, compositeur qui a été tellement proche du GRM et nous a quittés fin 2013. Si l’Acousmatique est toujours à l’honneur, notamment avec notre désormais habituel concert “banc d’essai” qui permet de découvrir les œuvres de nouveaux compositeurs, le travail instrumental associé à des environnements technologiques innovants sera également présenté, ouvrant à de nouvelles pistes de recherche et à de nouveaux mondes d’écoute.
    Notre festival PRÉSENCES électronique continuera à nous faire entendre les expérimentations innovantes que des artistes venus du monde entier nous proposeront de partager. PRÉSENCES réinvente aussi notre relation avec l’écoute et nous montre, si besoin était, la pertinence de ces nouvelles possibilités de travail sur le son qui attire tant de jeunes auditeurs. L’extension du festival à Genève en novembre se complètera par des concerts à Bruxelles, dans le cadre du festival Ars Musica, à la même période.
    Nos partenaires fidèles : Radio France, la Maison des Pratiques Artistiques Amateurs, le CENTQUATRE, contribuent et participent à cette saison de création et d’invention en partageant cet intérêt permanent pour la réinvention sonore et musicale.
    Daniel TERUGGI
  • Concert Hommage à Bernard Parmegiani

    7 jan 2014, 09:31 av WaldoKanto

  • New Mikroton Releases

    10 nov 2012, 10:48 av Staalvlaad

    Dear friends,

    New releases on Mikroton are available now for pre-order:

    a debut album "Bloody Imagination" by Tetuzi Akiyama's group Satanic Abandoned Rock & Roll Society with Utah Kawasaki, Naoaki Miyamoto and Atsuhiro Ito.,168

    Alessandro Bosetti / Chris Abrahams "We Who Had Left".,180

    Barbara Romen / Kai Fagaschinski / Gunter Schneider "Here Comes The Sun".,182

    Both cost €12. In case you order both of them for €24 you can choose one of the following releases as a gift: mikroton cd 1, mikroton cd 2, mikroton cd 3, mikroton cd 7, mikroton cd 9, mikroton cd 10, mikroton cd 11. Your orders will be shipped late November as soon as I get them from the printers.

    Still fresh: Echtzeitmusik Berlin 3 x CD compilation.,177

    Next: Rick Reed / Keith Rowe / Bill Thompson, eRikm / Catherine Jauniaux and probably more.

    Distribution news: fresh releases in the catalogue of Mikroton Distribution from different labels, among them Another Timbre, Creative Sources, Organized Music From Thessaloniki, Absinth Records, B-Boim, Bocian, Bolt, Formed, Intonema, L'Innomable, PanRec, Winds Measure, Staubgold and others. Also in the next future the catalogue will get extended with other quality releases of other labels of kindred spirits.

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    12 aug 2012, 18:46 av sub-bassism

    Crónica is very proud to present the new release by Ephraim Wegner & Julia Weinmann, “eins bis sechzehn”, a luxurious CD + booklet edition (designed by Clovis Vallois) in a joint release with anti-matter-plant and the Kunsthochschule für Medien Koeln.

    All photos and audio recordings in this work are taken inside the ruins of former hotels. If one enters such a place, first of all the impression of demolition is overwhelming, while at the same time one finds a fascinating world between decay and renewal. The history of these ruins, with their former purpose of usage as well as the changes caused by time, give the place its own organic life cycle, with plants and animals living inside the ruins and debris.

    Locals from the surrounding area are looking for usable raw and building materials. And the beaches are slowly filled up again with tourists from all over the world. Reminiscences of the heyday 1960s up to the 1980s arise when extensive hotel resorts were “le dernier cri” for millions of tourists to make their individual holiday dreams come true. Non-lieus, monofunctionally used areas resembling each other by interchangeability and absence of history. Massive holiday resorts as Heterotopoi as intended by Foucault.

    However, a “non-lieu” for one person may be a place for another who identifies with and establishes a special relationship to it. In each of these buildings lots of people lived for only a few days or weeks – sometimes even years – just for the length of their stay. Many short episodes and stories started and ended here, and “Lieu” and “non-lieu” become shunning poles: a “lieu” never disappears completely, just as no absolute “non-lieu” exists.

    What remains are the complicated dynamics of identity and relation, of space and time. Inspired by these impressions, both artists built their own virtual hotel composed from the rooms of several ruins. The viewer / auditor is taken through this fictive hotel as a tourist, becoming part of a vacant imaginative place that tells its very own story by means of visual and audible images. The sound of gigantic concrete structures, of the nearby sea, the presence of several, quite small appearing individuals develops an independent existence and give an idea of the former activity. The photographs depict the places where the sound-recordings took place. They are linked chronologically to the composition and by showing the same localities serially they also point out to the functionality of these resorts as places for mass tourism.

    In the musical sense the single photo series correspond to the stanzas or sentences of the single subjects. Although parts of the original sound material were processed by FFT or granular synthesis, there is no sound in the whole work that isn’t strictly connected to the locality of the respective picture. In both cases of sound alienation the state of the original recording — the image of a space at a certain time — serves further compositional procedure: by means of FFT certain frequencies were identified and either deleted or boosted; through the application of granular synthesis, the recorded sound is stripped down into several small sonic particles. As places can change their appearance and their atmosphere by certain, sometimes more or less overlapping events, the character of sound can be deconstructed into different time scales, can be analysed and worked on. The stronger it is joined in from the outside, the more the result emancipates itself from his origin.
  • A passionate plea

    30 jul 2012, 00:16 av musinum

    I am sending this out to all groups to which I belong. It is not about music, but it is about the world we all live in. It's aimed particularly at my American friends and co-members, but because of America's unique position in the world, it affects everyone and the kind of world we'll all be living in for a long time.

    Group leaders, it's up to you whether you treat this as spam, or post it. I try my best never to spam, but I feel so strongly about this that I'm willing to take the chance.

    I hope that as artists and appreciators of music and other arts, and as people who think and feel for themselves, the majority of us here can appreciate the historic importance of Barack Obama's election to the American Presidency, and the efforts he continues to make (against a very entrenched opposition who represent the interests of the rich and powerful) to make life more livable for the ordinary citizens of the United States and for the rest of the world as well.

    Perhaps some of us who cheered his election four years ago are disappointed that he has not been able to completely transform the world in the ways we had imagined, but as someone who has been involved in social causes for half a century, I can tell you that nothing comes quickly or easily. What is important is the fight and the day-to-day effort.

    I expect that a number of you see the world in exactly the opposite terms, and that an even larger number are not involved in politics and perhaps haen't given a lot of thought to the upsoming election. (I'm speaking primarily to the Americans among you here. Every country has its own issues and its own struggles, and there are brave and hard-working citizens in many countries fighting oppression that we Americans can scarcely imagine!) But what is at stake here is nothing less than the kind of country we will live in for many years to come.

    The message of the right is that if we take care of the rich and privileged, that the crumbs that fall from their table will eventually feed the rest of us. If that doesn't seem right to you, it may be because that particular social experiment was given an extensive trial thru the Reagan administration and thru Bush father and son. The result was disaster.

    What happened was exactly what you might expect when all the safeguards that were built into the system over the years to protect the rest of us from the abuses of money and power, and from greed and corruption, were systematically dismantled. The top tax rate is a small fraction of what it was fifty years ago, and we are being asked to lower it even further, at the price of cutting the services that most first-world countries take for granted: the social safety net, affordable health care, funds for education, care for the environment... the list goes on and on.

    The President has manged to get a good start at pulling this country back from the cliff it was about to fall over... but we are being asked to roll back all that progress and go back to the same things that got us in this mess in the first place. It is as if arsonists have set your house on fire, and then when the firemen are attempting to fight the flames with water, suggesting that we pour on gasoline instead!

    To those of my felliow Americans who feel as I do and want to help, I have set up a grassroots fundraising site with the ambitious goal of $5,000 for the Obama campaign. Any amount helps! My site is here:

    Thanks you,

    Tim Doyle

    8 jun 2012, 23:06 av sub-bassism


    duo Contour, Chris Heenan, Harald Kimmig, Michael Vorfeld, Ephraim Wegner

    Kubus³ / Kulturpark Freiburg
    08.30 pm, Entrance 10.00 Euro

    Am 30. Juni findet auf dem Gelände des Kulturpark Freiburg zum wiederholten Male ein Konzertabend für Elektronische, Improvisierte und Neue Musik statt. Nachdem bei den vorhergehenden Veranstaltungen „Lange Nacht der elektronischen Musik“, „Music for: CPU'S, INSTRUMENTS AND OBJECTS“ und „Ghost Towns“ Gäste wie das ensemble chronophonie, Lawrence English und Stephan Mathieu ihre Werke präsentierten, ist dieser Abend ausschließlich dem Musizieren im Duett gewidmet. Zu hören gibt es eine Improvisation von Heenan/Vorfeld, elektroakustische Musik von Kimmig/Wegner sowie einen Auftritt des duo Contour.


    Chris Heenan
    Michael Vorfeld

    Das Duo Heenan/Vorfeld arbeitet seit 2005 kontinuierlich an einem eigenständigen und unverwechselbaren Sound, der durch komplex angelegte Klangwelten voll filigraner Details und feinster Texturen geprägt ist. Die Intensität der Klangfarben, die eigenwillige Instrumentierung sowie die individuell entwickelten Spieltechniken machen HALF CLOUD, HALF PLAIN zu einem intensiven musikalischen Live-Ereignis.


    Harald Kimmig
    Ephraim Wegner

    Unkonventionelle Klänge zu erschaffen steht im Zentrum der musikalischen Arbeit des Duos Kimmig/Wegner. Ihr Spiel ist sowohl ein instrumentelles Experimentieren als auch unmittelbares Interagieren miteinander. Die hierbei entstehenden frei improvisierten Musikdialoge enthalten Momente der Konsonanz sowie Dissonanz, erstaunliche Klangereignisse, bestehend aus Clustern, tragenden Flächen und repetitiven rhythmischen Arrangements.

    Mithilfe verschiedener Synthesetechniken kreiert Ephraim Wegner musikalische Welten voll lebendiger Dynamik: Akustische Räume werden zu homogenen Klanggeflechten, in welchen die Interaktionen einzelner Töne und ihre zeitliche Einbindung zu ungewöhnlichen Hörerlebnissen führen .

    Beeindruckend ist auch der Kosmos aus Klängen, den Harald Kimmig auf seiner Violine entstehen lässt. Auf virtuose Art kombiniert er auf dem Instrument erzeugte Geräusche mit konventionellem Violinspiel. So hat er über die Jahre einen einzigartigen, unverwechselbaren Stil entwickelt.


    Stephen Altoft
    Lee Ferguson

    duo Contour wurde vom amerikanischen Schlagzeuger Lee Ferguson und dem englischen Trompeter Stephen Altoft 1998 anlässlich der Darmstädter Sommerkurse für Neue Musik gegründet. duo Contour hatte zahlreiche Projekte und Aufführungen in Deutschland, Großbritannien, Kanada, der Schweiz, Slovenien und in den Vereinigten Staaten. Es war Gast am Banff Centre for the Arts in Kanada und beim Slowind Festival in Ljubljana, Slovenien. Seine Darbietungen wurden vom Südwest Rundfunk, Deutschland Radio Berlin, DRS2 und dem Slovenischen Rundfunk ausgezeichnet. Zuletzt hat das Duo bei der Uraufführung des Musiktheaters BATTAGLIA von Igor Majcen beim Ljubljana Festival, Slovenien mitgewirkt.

    On 30th of June another concert evening for electronic, impromptu and new music takes place at the Kulturpark Freiburg. While previous events such as the „Lange Nacht der elektronischen Musik“, "Music for: CPU'S, INSTRUMENTS AND OBJECTS" and "Ghost Towns" presented musicians like the ensemble chronophonie, Lawrence English and Stephan Mathieu, this evening is dedicated exclusively to duets. Guests are Heenan/Vorfeld, Kimmig/Wegner and duo Contour.


    Chris Heenan
    Michael Vorfeld

    The duet Heenan/Vorfeld works since 2005 continuously on an unique and unmistakably individual sound of shimmering textures and ringing sustained tones, of lightning interaction and sudden changes of texture.

    The intensity of the timbres, the unconventional instrumentation and combination of cymbals, clanging percussion, the deep spectral timbres of contrabass clarinet and the liminal reaches of the alto saxophone make HALF CLOUD, HALF PLAIN a special musical live event.


    Harald Kimmig
    Ephraim Wegner

    In their musical work the duet Kimmig/Wegner focus on creating unconventional sounds. Their play is instrumental experiment as well as immediate playing interaction. The thereby emerging impromptu music dialogues contain moments of harmony as well as dissonance, astonishing sound events, consisting of clusters, sombre soundscapes and repetitive rhythmical arrangements.

    By means of different synthesis technologies Ephraim Wegner creates musical spaces full of lively dynamics: Acoustic spaces become homogeneous sound structures in which the interactions of single tones and their temporal integration lead to unusual listening experiences.

    Also very impressive is the universe of sounds Harald Kimmig creates on his violin.
    Virtuosically he combines noises generated on the instrument with traditional violin play. T Over the years he has developed a unique, unmistakeable style.


    Stephen Altoft
    Lee Ferguson

    duo Contour was formed in 1998 by the American percussionist Lee Ferguson and the English trumpeter Stephen Altoft following their participation on the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music, where they performed as soloists and as an ensemble. duo Contour have successfully collaborated with composers, artists and dancers, and have extended their performances through improvisation and new technologies. These objectives have led to projects and performances in Germany, Slovenia, Switzerland, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. The duo has been resident at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, were featured in the Slowind Festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia and have been recorded by Südwest Rundfunk, Deutschland Radio Berlin, DRS2 Switzerland, and Slovenian National Radio. More Recently they gave the World Premiere of the music theatre piece, BATTAGLIA (a farce in 2 parts) by Igor Majcen at the Ljubljana Festival in Slovenia.
  • New Mikroton releases

    27 apr 2012, 07:47 av Staalvlaad

    Dear friends,

    Mikroton Recordings is proud to inform about new releases:

    [mikroton cd 9] WPB3: Nusch Werchowska / Mathias Pontevia / Heddy Boubaker — A Floating World (CD / DL),149

    [mikroton cd 10] Rhodri Davies / Mark Wastell — Live In Melbourne (CD / DL),152

    [mikroton cd 11] eRikm / Norbert Möslang — Stodgy (CD / DL),155

    [mikroton cd 13] Chris Abrahams / Lucio Capece — None Of Them Would Remember It That Way (CD),170

    [mikroton cd 20 | mikroton vinyl 1] El Infierno Musical: Christof Kurzmann / Ken Vandermark / Eva Reiter / Clayton Thomas / Martin Brandlmayr — El Infierno Musical. A Tribute To Alejandra Pizarnik,178

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  • New CD: Francisco López

    30 mar 2012, 08:27 av cronica

    Crónica is proud to present its latest CD release, “Untitled #284″ by Francisco López.

    “untitled #284” was created in 2011 by extensive evolutionary transformation of original environmental recordings made in Lisbon during the year of 1992. These sources were recovered for a commission of the Teatro Municipal Maria Matos, where the composition was premiered on 16 July 2011.

    “untitled #284” is now available directly from Crónica or from selected retailers and online distributors.
  • New podcast: Carlos Santos

    28 mar 2012, 13:32 av cronica

    Carlos Santos live at Natal dos Experimentais 2011, Passos Manuel, Porto, 2011.12.16. Photo by João Ricardo.

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  • New podcast: Marc Behrens

    8 mar 2012, 10:22 av cronica

    Marc Behrens live at Natal dos Experimentais 2011, Passos Manuel, Porto, 2011.12.16. Performed live on Uher 4000 Report-L and Teenage Engineering OP-1. Photo by João Ricardo.

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