I have for many years had ideas for a piece based on the notion of Odyssey, that original story of journey – often frustrated – and eventual return. In recent years it has developed and become a multi-part project, encouraged by several trips to Greece to perform and lecture. One part will be a live electronic piece, a quartet for solo flute player (playing concert flute, piccolo, alto, bass). These instruments produced the source sounds used in the part performed tonight, the acousmatic work Aeolian. Aeolian develops my idea of ‘concert installation’ – works that are in fact mobile and may run in repeating loops which present shorter constituent ‘moments’ in different orders. For tonight I have created a fixed concert version of about 10 minutes which includes eight short ‘moments’. Reading the Odyssey, sometimes I think the many episodes are indeed moments that might have occurred in a different order as Odysseus is continually blown off course at the whim of one god or another, waylaid by a fabled character or faced with an impossible dilemma in how to move forward. My special thanks to Katrin Zenz (flutes) and Apostolos Loufopoulos (who lent us his Athens studio for source recording).
Aeolian is a work for multichannel electroacoustic sound. It was created for and first performed at the concert ‘Acousmatics in the UK’ in the Espace Senghor, organized by Musiques et Recherches (Brussels) in February 2016.
Citation : Emmerson, S. (2016) Aeolian (multichannel electroacoustic sound, duration 11'00)
Research Group : Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre
Research Institute : Music, Technology and Innovation - Institute for Sonic Creativity (MTI2)
Peer Reviewed : No
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