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Death Be Not Proud

Compositions for Tuba and Electronics
ZKM electronic
Product number: WER 20642
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Melvyn Poore is a top solo performer, world-renowned interpreter, composer and committed musical mediator. In his work he always looks for new possibilities to extend the potential of his instrument, the tuba. The present CD recording gives an overview of the current state of the studies of the sound researcher Poore: Apart from a composition of his own, this CD contains further works by Georg Katzer, Cort Lippe and Valerio Sannicandro. All pieces were commissioned by Kunststiftung NRW and recorded and produced at the ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics in 2009. In all constellations, Poore is much more than an interpreter, he rather is co-creator, designer and technician-performer. In the works, the tuba, interlocked with the live electronics, acts as a meta instrument, while at the same time being the calming influence, the tonally earthy pole of the pieces, no matter whether the works are meticulously fragmented or narratively structured.

In his work that focusses on the interaction between technology and instrument, as noted by Ludger Brümmer in the CD booklet, Melvyn Poore is one of the most fascinating artists of contemporary music.


Melvyn Poore: Death Be Not Proud (2009)
Cort Lippe: Music for Tuba and Computer (2008)
Georg Katzer: Dialog imaginär 9 für Tuba mit Hegel (2008)
Valerio Sannicandro: Sonnet X (2008)


Melvyn Poore: tuba

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Death Be Not Proud
Compositions for Tuba and Electronics
ZKM electronic
Edition ZKM
62 ′17 ′′

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WER 20642
0,11 kg

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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.
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