Acousmonium at ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2013

 

Program note:

Multiple networks of layers in concord, structuring a unified complex texture using different groups of materials and (a)symmetric spatial strategies in shaping the space are the features among others, that I am inspired by a carpet design in this piece. An earlier version of the piece premiered last June during The Next Generation festival at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany. 

The source material of the piece is very limited and instead very different approaches in sound processing are used, which gives a wide range of diversity and at the same time a coherent quality to the whole piece. The piece revolves around the tremolo gesture, which comes from the source material of a tremolo played on a traditional Iranian instrument called Setar. Two main approaches are applied in using this martial. In fact, the material appears on two different levels, close and distant. In the first one we are dealing with a single object in which the iterative quality of a tremolo is dominant as we are very close to the material. On the other level, we are dealing with numerous elements of the same material but from distant. In other words, a combination of many of those single material that results into a dense texture in which we cannot distinguish a single tremolo element and instead we hear a new collective identity.