I went to a concert of music for Speakers tonight. Eight channels. The programme included:
Denis Smalley - Resounding (8 loudspeakers)
Jonty Harrison - Undertow (8 loudspeakers)
Iannis Xenakis - Concret PH (8 loudspeakers - Ambisonics vers)
Mesias Maiguashca - El Nagual - (8 loudspeakers)
John Chowning - Phone (4 loudspeakers).
Its hard to pick a favourite. However, Jonty Harrison's piece Undertow was very interesting plus he happens to share my name (Harrison) and birthday, 27th April.
According to electro:thèque, Undertow was composed in 2007 in the composer’s studio and premiered on June 2, 2007 at Place des Terreaux in Lyon (France) as part of the choreographic project Océan Cité by Compagnie Pierre Deloche Danse. It was commissioned by the Compagnie Pierre Deloche for Océan Cité which also involved composers Bernard Fort, Magdalena Dlugosz, James Giroudon, and Jean-François Estager.
electro:theque looks a very cool site which streams electronic music. Although you have to subscribe, Its the only source I've found so far which has Undertow. If anyone knows of a copy of Environs (the album), please let me know
I went to this fantastic premier, played by the RSNO last night. Its the second UK premier of the Scottish composer, James MacMillan's that I've seen over the last couple of months (the last being Little Mass). Both of them have been amazingly interesting pieces. This piece is about the renowned fighter and warrior Oscar who died of wounds after a fight with King Cairbre. The music is roughly three parts and the orchestration is very imaginative and dramatic.
I highly recommend you try to see it if it comes to your city.
I was practicing fiddle today (as always). I had a file on my music stand which actually started rattling with the sound waves in the room. Excellent! Have you ever sat in a room and been able to feel the vibrations? Unfortunately, because I was playing on this occasion, I couldn't feel them going through me. But sometimes you can....