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Spectral Strands

for Viola and Visuals
Edition ZKM
Product number: WER 20625
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The first-class viola virtuoso Garth Knox met the well-known video artist Brian O’Reilly. The result is a unique audiovisual program with compositions by Giacinto Scelsi, Salvatore Sciarrino, Gérard Grisey, Michael Edwards and Kaija Saariaho, where the audible and visible correspondences of light, shadow, texture and color and their fragmentation offer new ways of perception.
The production Spectral Strands with works for viola, both with and without electronics, created by foremost composers and interpreted by one of the most outstanding viola players, forms in combination with the brilliant video material a unique conjunction of sound, space and image
Although the rainbow is a familiar object, the discovery that ordinary white light can be split into a spectacular spectrum of bands of light remains a source of wonder. With the advent of spectral music the same process was applied to sound, and the no less spectacular sound spectrums obtained with the help of the computer excited a whole generation of composers.


Giacinto Scelsi: Manto for solo viola
Salvatore Sciarrino: Notturno brillante for solo viola
Gérard Grisey: Prologue for viola and live electronics
Salvatore Sciarrino: Notturno brillante II for solo viola
Michael Edwards: 24/7: freedom fried for Viola d’amore and live electronics
Salvatore Sciarrino: Notturno brillante III for solo-viola
Kaija Saariaho Vent nocturne for Viola and live electronics


Garth Knox: viola, viola d’amore / Brian O' Reilly: video / Götz Dipper: electronics / Joachim Goßmann: electronics / Michael Edwards: electronics

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Spectral Strands
for Viola and Visuals
Edition ZKM
ZKM electronic
56 ′44 ′′

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WER 20625
0,12 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.
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.
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