The “Compositions for Trumpet and Electronics” continue the ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics series for solo instruments and electronic sound.
The brilliant and versatile contemporary trumpet player Marco Blaauw belongs to the modern generation of instrumentalists who have grasped that the further development of instruments and technical resources is part of the evolution of new music. He therefore sees the computer as a stimulus, as an acoustic counterpart of the musician, and as an instrument itself, which is there to be made use of in its potential. The four compositions recorded on this CD are prime examples of this openness in performing and experimentation.
They have been assembled by David Dramm, Yannis Kyriakides, Agostino di Scipio and Michèl Koenders who put both the instrument and the musician in the limelight in a very individual manner and take the listener to unexpected realms of sound: Yannis Kyriakides composes a tonally balanced interplay between instrument and tape with synthetic sounds, Agostino Di Scipio integrates the trumpet into an unstable feedback system, Michèl Koenders processes trumpet sounds in real time, and David Dramm stages a mixed-media constellation consisting of set and live components.
The communicative play in these four compositions is also interesting because it is based on the familiarity of the instrumental sound, involves this in different unpredictable interactions, which makes what is heard vivid, and emphasizes the performative quality of the interplay. This continually re-models the communicative quality of the reception, the relation of the music to the listener.
Dog Song (Cerberus serenades Orpheus) (2006)
for double-bell trumpet and soundtrack
MODES OF INTERFERENCE / 1 (2005/06)
audio feedback system with trumpet and electronics
Helm & Slinger, Part I-III (2001/02)
composition for trumpet and computer (Max/MSP)
for double-bell trumpet, Hammond organ and soundtrack
In the edition ZKM electronic, the ZKM | Institut für Musik und Akustik (IMA) currently releases productions on the label WERGO which are based on electronic media and which, in the broadest sense, can be described as electro-acoustic compositions. Guest artists from all over the world are invited to work in the music studios to realize specific projects. The productions, ranging from digital synthesis and algorithmic composition to the integration of live electronics, from radio art to sound installation, encompass a broad spectrum of that locus where digital technology stimulates musical fantasy. More information on the ZKM you can find here.
The productions highlight current works of contemporary composers and musicians which are characterized by technological and aesthetic developments, while sometimes crossing the lines of the auditory by means of visualizations or multimedia concepts. Even in the field of audio productions, new territory is entered with 5.1 panoramas, for example, in order to depict the often three-dimensional compositions in an adequate manner. The aim is to spread the electro-acoustic music and sustain its release.
Starting in 2011, the label ZKM milestones releases selected works of contemporary music which, with regard to aesthetics, play a special role in recent music history and the academic examination and publication of which contribute to a better understanding of the cultural landscape.