Roland Kayn Programme on Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Hubert Steins made a programme about the composer Roland Kayn for Deutschlandfunk Kultur radio. It is available online here: https://www.deutschlandfunkkultur.de/der-komponist-und-elektroniker-roland-kayn-1933-2011-vom.3819.de.html?dram:article_id=487182

Roland Kayn ist ein fast vergessener Exponent der Nachkriegsavantgarde. War er 1964 Gründungsmitglied des legendären Improvisationsensembles „Nuova Consonanza“, wendete er sich in den 70er Jahren ganz der elektronischen Musik zu.

Der 1933 in Reutlingen geborene und von 1970 bis zu seinem Tod 2011 in den Niederlanden ansässige Komponist war seit Mitte der Fünfzigerjahre mit seinen Instrumentalkompositionen für Orchester und große Ensembles auf allen wichtigen Podien und Foren der Neuen Musik präsent. 

Schon während seines Studiums der Kirchenmusik in Stuttgart war Kayn durch den Arbeitskreis von Max Bense mit der Informationstheorie in Berührung gekommen. Nach einem Studium bei Boris Blacher in Berlin experimentierte er mit neuen Formen der zeitlichen Organisation. Typisch für seine Zeit dienten auch ihm die Theorien, Modelle und Termini aus der Informationstheorie, Physik und Mathematik als Referenz.

Kybernetische Musik

Kayn bezeichnete seine Werke ab Mitte der Sechzigerjahre als kybernetische Musik, denn seine Instrumentalkompositionen stellten immer auch der Frage, mit welchen Steuerungsmethoden Unbestimmtheit, Zufall und Improvisation auf befriedigende Weise in die Kompositionsprozess einbezogen werden können. 

Erfahrungen und Fragestellungen auf diesem Gebiet resultierten zum Teil aus der eigenen Praxis, denn Kayn war 1964 gemeinsam mir also Aldo Clementi und Franco Evangelisti Gründungsmitglied des legendären Ensembles Nuova Consonanza.

Stücke enormer zeitlicher Ausdehnung

Ab den Siebzigerjahren setzte eine verstärkte Hinwendung zur elektronischen Musik ein, die bis zum Ende seines Lebens die Instrumentalkomposition fast vollständig ablöste. 

Nach vereinzelten Produktionen in fast allen wichtigen Studios Europas entwickelte sich ab 1970 eine fast zwanzig Jahre andauernde Zusammenarbeit mit dem Institut für Sonologie in Utrecht.

Ein Blick auf die analogen Schaltfelder des Studios im Institut für Sonologie Utrecht (Stichting Film en Wetenschap (SFW) / Archiv Keez Tazelaar)

Dort produzierte Kayn eine große Zahl elektronischer Werke, darunter seine großdimensionierten Zyklen „Tektra“, „Scanning“ und das 14-stündige „A Little Milkyway of Sound“. 

Kees Tazelaar’s book On the Threshold of Beauty available as PDF

V2_ Publishing in Rotterdam has made Kees Tazelaar’s book On the Threshold of Beauty: Philips and the Origins of Electronic Music in the Netherlands 1925–1965 available as PDF, which can be downloaded for free here: https://v2.nl/publishing/on-the-threshold-of-beauty-digital-version.

Curtis Roads: “Kees Tazelaar’s On the Threshold of Beauty is a wonderfully readable story of a fascinating period in the history of music in the Netherlands. Extensively researched, this impressive work of scholarship is very important to the field of electronic music.”

On the Threshold of Beauty was written as a dissertation for TU Berlin (PhD awarded in May 2013) and then published as a book in November 2013. The book is almost sold out. The free digital version was made possible with the generous support of the Konrad Boehmer Foundation and the Société Gavigniès.

KLANGRAUM launches on October 31, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. CET

Dear friends and colleagues,

Sonology alumnus Luc Döbereiner invites you to KLANGRAUM, an online platform for sound works.

KLANGRAUM launches on October 31, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. CET
https://klangraum-dumpf.com

Music as a collective event requires a common place and time:
KLANGRAUM is a platform for online sound works that explore the
possibilities of remotely being together through sound. In its first
iteration KLANGRAUM presents compositions, installations and live
performances by Teresa Carrasco, Döbereiner/Eckel/Elblaus, Cathy van
Eck, Davide Gagliardi, Ji Youn Kang, Veronika Klaus, Luk Poncet, David
Pirrò, Casper Schipper, and Lara Stanic.

– October 31, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. CET, opening with installations,
compositions and live performance

– Starting from November 1, 2020 each work will be run three times per
day for one hour.

Lara Stanic: close distance20
Cathy van Eck: Our Lists
Ji Youn Kang: A strange choir of new normal
Teresa Carrasco: *KlangBack_zur_Transformation*
Veronika Klaus/Luk Poncet: einRaumen | rausklingen
Davide Gagliardi: Topologia del Se
Luc Döbereiner/David Pirrò: Contingency and Synchronization – Iteration 3
Casper Schipper: Decoherence
Döbereiner/Eckel/Elblaus: Live performance

Curated by DUMPF EDITION, Luc Döbereiner & Martin Lorenz
Supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia

Best,
Luc

Jan Boerman, 30 June 1923 – 25 October 2020

On 25 October 2020, Jan Boerman (* 30 June 1923) passed away in his hometown of The Hague.
Together with Ton Bruynèl and Dick Raaijmakers, Jan Boerman was one of the pioneers of electronic music in the Netherlands. He composed his electronic works successively in the studios of Delft University of Technology, Utrecht University, the private studio with Raaijmakers, and the Royal Conservatoire, where he was active as a teacher from 1974.
Boerman leaves behind him an extensive oeuvre in which electronic music takes a prominent place, and for which in 1982 he received the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize. In 1997 he received the Willem Pijper Prize for his electronic composition Vocalise 1994, and in 1998 an Edison Prize for the CD box set The Complete Tape Music of Jan Boerman.

page from the manuscript of Boerman’s electronic composition “De zee” (1964–1965).

The Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) releases EmissionControl2: “The ultimate granulator”

The Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) at UC Santa Barbara has released a new software app for sound granulation: EmissionControl2 for MacOSX, Linux, and Windows. EmissionControl2 is a granular sound synthesizer. The theory of granular synthesis is described in the book Microsound (Curtis Roads, 2001, MIT Press). Granular synthesis is one of the most important methods of sound design.

The new app was developed by a team consisting of Professor Curtis Roads acting as project manager, with software developers Jack Kilgore and Rodney DuPlessis. Kilgore is a Computer Science major at UC Santa Barbara. DuPlessis is a PhD student in Music Composition at UC Santa Barbara and is also pursuing an MS degree in Media Arts and Technology. 

For more information and a free download, go here: https://music.ucsb.edu/news/announcement/2129

Les Espaces Électroacoustiques II receives the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik

Les Espaces Électroacoustiques II is a double SACD release on the Col Legno label, with works by Luigi Nono, Luciano Berio, Gottfried Michael Koenig and Karlheinz Stockhausen. The recordings are the result of an extensive research project about a historically informed performance practice of electroacoustic music, carried out at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) in Zürich in collaboration with Tempo Reale, the Institute of Sonology, Fondazione Archivio Luigi Nono, Casa Ricordi, Stockhausen-Verlag and Universal Edition.

Les Espaces Électroacoustiques II received the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik:

https://www.schallplattenkritik.de/jahrespreise/1243-institute-for-computermusic-and-sound-technology-zuerich

Sound Installation Exhibition at WEST Den Haag

The exhibition with results from Justin Bennett’s sound installation classes usually takes place in June, but was postponed because of the pandemic.

There is now a private view for students and staff on Thursday 24 September from 17:00–20:00.

The exhibition is open to the public on:
25 September from 12:00–18:00 and 19:00–23:00
26–28 September from 12:00–18:00

Online discussion with Danae Bos, Laura Agnusdei and Kees Tazelaar at Gaudeamus Music Week

70 years ago, composers could not have predicted that electronic music would become as broad a field and as widespread as it is today. Although contemporary dance and related genres no longer have much to do with the sound research of that time, electronic music does have its origins there. From the outset Gaudeamus has played a major role in researching and developing these new technological possibilities.

Musicologist Danae Bos will chair a discussion with Kees Tazelaar (composer, sonologist and authority in the field of electronic music) and Laura Agnusdei (saxophonist and electro-acoustic composer) on the subject of the history of electronic music. They will also take a look at developments in the contemporary field.

Laura Agusdei and Kees Tazelaar

https://gaudeamus.nl/en/events/lecture-development-of-electronic-music-in-the-netherlands/

Sonology 2020 end-of-year playlist online

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, this year’s Sonology final presentation concerts were all cancelled. We have therefore created a playlist with a selection of works that were all mixed for headphones, so that at least we are able to share some of our music with you.

Erhard Grosskopf: SprachKlang – VoiceSound CD release

Erhard Grosskopf (*1934) is a German composer who produced several electronic compositions at the Institute of Sonology in Utrecht between 1969 and 1972, among which Dialectics, commissioned by the BRD to be performed in the German Pavilion at the 1970 World’s Fair in Osaka. A CD that includes the works composed at Sonology has been released on the NEOS label. More info can be found here: https://neos-music.com/?language=english&page=output.php%3Ftemplate%3Denglish-album-details.php%26content%3DAlben/12012.php