TURNING POINTS: SOUND UNWRAPPED
A programme of electro-acoustic music and manipulated sound
Kings Place, London
The London Sinfonietta explores the boundary between sound and music in this fascinating programme, delving into the earliest innovations by twentieth-century composers using tape to manipulate sound, and comparing these with their modern-day counterparts using electronics and even artificial intelligence as compositional devices.
London Sinfonietta’s Sound Unwrapped is part of an award-winning concert series at Kings Place which explores manipulated sound in music. It is preceded by a pre-concert performance and talk about Artificial Intelligence in music and followed by a late-night performance of electronic tape pieces in Soundscape.
The schedule for the evening:
6.30pm, Kings Place Hall 2: Artificial Intelligence in Music
Explore the complex and exciting relationship between Artificial Intelligence and electronic music with composer and Professor in Computer Music, Eduardo Reck Miranda. Miranda is a leading musical innovator whose recent projects delve into the field of human-machine interfaces, where brain waves will replace keyboards and voice commands. Tonight’s pre-concert event will feature a new piece by Miranda, which traverses the advent of AI and pushes music beyond conventional bounds.
Eduardo Reck Miranda Qubism (world premiere)
7.30pm, Kings Place Hall 1: main concert
The London Sinfonietta performs a range of contemporary pieces which explore the boundary between sound and music, contrasting the virtuosity of acoustic instruments with the huge variety of sound made possible by electronics.
Jonathan Harvey Ricerare una melodia
Kaija Saariaho NoaNoa
Luciano Berio Naturale
David Fennessy The Room is the Resonator
Dai Fujikura K's Ocean
Ailís Ní Ríain doomed, done for, damned, and still (London Sinfonietta commission, world premiere)
Christian Mason I wandered for a while
9.15pm, Kings Place Hall 1: Late-night Tapes
A performance of two 20th-century electronic icons: Stockhausen’s Gesang der Jünglinge, arguably the first real masterpiece of electronic music, and Varèse’s Poème électronique, scattered with sounds not usually considered ‘musical’ to create a sense of liberation between sounds. These classic tape pieces will be reimagined using Kings Place’s brand new cutting-edge spatialisation systems and followed by a new electro-acoustic work.
Karlheinz Stockhausen Gesang der Jünglinge
Edgard Varèse Poème électronique
Jonathan Berman conductor
Karen Jones flute
Peter Moore trombone
Jonathan Morton violin
Paul Silverthorne viola
Sally Pendlebury cello
Joe Richards percussion
Clíodna Shanahan piano
Jonathan Green sound projection
Eduardo Reck Miranda electronics
Paulo Itaborai de Barros technical assistant
Please note: the pre-concert and post-concert events are free to ticket holders of the Turning Points: Sound Unwrapped concert.
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