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The Wings of Daedalus

an opera by Maurizio Squillante
Product number: WER 20732
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For the first time, a CD of the ZKM electronic series is to be released that uses state-of-the-art technical procedures for sound production as an integral part of the musical staging of an opera.

“The Wings of Daedalus” similarly uses technology to build the sound substance. Here, not only methods of sound production or editing, but also movements of sound in space are used as a means of dramaturgical articulation. The artful integration of the voice into the quasi-orchestral/concrete musical development is striking. From a mixture of noise and pitched sounds Maurizio Squillante developed a sound libretto which functions as an inner narrator and captures the audience from the very beginning until the final notes fade away.

In "The Wings of Daedalus", the scenography of the performance, its sets and costumes were equally significant as these convey the central theme of the opera: the cyborg. Here, Maurizio Squillante developed further means to articulate this subject not just by way of sound but also visually in an impressive manner.

Idea and dramaturgy: Sebastiano Fusco and Maurizio Squillante
Libretto: David Haughton and Fabio Squillante
Das Schicksal Emanuela Luchetti alto
Apoll Phillip Brown tenor
Minos David Haughton
Dädalus Pauline Vaillancourt soprano
Perdix Alessandro Carmignani counter tenor
Daimon Alexia Justine Murray mezzo soprano
and Cara Joan Kavanaugh
Chor der Cyborgs – Synthetisierte Sprache
Cocalus David Haughton actor
Tochter des Cocalus Fides Krucker mezzo soprano

Production: ZKM | Institut für Musik und Akustik


The Wings of Daedalus – an opera by Maurizio Squillante


Idea and dramaturgy: Sebastiano Fusco and Maurizio Squillante / Libretto: David Haughton and Fabio Squillante / Das Schicksal: Emanuela Luchetti, alto / Apoll Phillip: Brown, tenor / Minos: David Haughton / Dädalus: Pauline Vaillancourt, soprano / Perdix: Alessandro Carmignani, counter tenor / Daimon: Alexia Justine Murray, mezzo soprano and Cara Joan Kavanaugh / Chor der Cyborgs: Synthetisierte Sprache / Cocalus: David Haughton, actor / Tochter des Cocalus: Fides Krucker, mezzo soprano

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The Wings of Daedalus
an opera by Maurizio Squillante
74 ′40 ′′

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Product number:
WER 20732
0,11 kg

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Edition ZKM

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.


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