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OSWALD, JOHN - Aparanthesi

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Empreintes Digitales IMED 0368
Release Year: 2003
Note: special cardboard package
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €13.00


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Aparanthesi consists of just one note. Oswald received a commission from Rseaux for its 'Rien voir' concert series in Montreal to create an electroacousmatic composition of approximately fifteen minutes in duration for their festival in the winter of 2000. I usually already have an idea of the tangent I would like to take when I accept an invitation, and in this case it was the one-note idea. I was hoping to find an interesting way to follow a single specific pitch gradually through many states; it would be, in a sense, the morphing of a pitch through various instrumental, acoustic and electronic forms. Now when I say that Aparanthesi is one note I mean that it is one specific pitch and manifestations of that pitch in the various audible octaves. For A there are ten audible octaves, from the lowest note on most pianos (A=27.5 Hz) to 5 octaves above A 440, which is 14,080 Hz. These ten manifestations of simple halvings and doublings of a set frequency are the entire harmonic content of Aparanthesi -- any deviations from this frequency gravitate back to it, by various means. There's are two human solo instrumentalists in this piece. One of them is an anonymous piano tuner. The other is a cellist, Joan Jeanrenaud. And then almost everything that has a broad range of frequencies, or noise elements, is gradually filter-tuned to this tonic. A thunderstorm becomes a thunderstorm in A. All the birds in an aviary sing in A. The 88 notes of a piano are all tuned in forced perspective to one A. ... and a foghorn and cattle." [press release]

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