Composers Edition Vol. II
World-wide communication and mobility causes more and more the disappearing
of regional borders. At the other side a special sense for the specific
quality of the regional life grows. This quality includes its own soundscape,
often recognised only by subconsciousness. The soundscape is quiet different
for every person. It depends from his individual activities but —
because of the strong interactions between people — is also part
of their community.
SALZBURGTRUM (“Trumm”: Austrian word for “big part”
or “rubble”) deals with different layers of individual human
perception of acoustical surroundings and their interactions in the town
of Salzburg by characteristic signs of sound.
The musical material of SALZBURGTRUM consists of two different layers.
The dominating elements are recordings of original sounds from selected
areas at Salzburg. This includes the recognisable describing of famous
and also unknown places at Salzburg. The layer of original sounds is completed
and contrasted by three musical instruments: violin, flute and percussion.
The arrangement and modification of the original sounds and the instrumental
elements follows a dramatic idea and is divided into 12 parts, corresponding
with 12 individual light moods.
The modification of the original sounds was done with electronic means
especially in the digital domain. These processes includes manipulations
of the frequency and time axis of sounds (stretching) to make former unhearable
parts inside these sounds hearable from new perspectives.
The result is a growing interaction between separate sounds, the development
of different sound layers with new possibilities for recognising the original
sounds and their modified findings.
The soloists with their flexible individuality are an important part of
this process. Their interaction with the original sounds is moving from
opposition to subordination and back again, influenced by the other sound
categories used in this piece (instrumental sound - electronic modified,
original sound - electronic modified, original sound - not modified).
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