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C. René Hirschfeld
Klanginstallation von C. René Hirschfeld
electronic music (stereo)
ISMN: 979-0-2032-6528-3 Product No.: NM3884
price on request
year of composition: 2022 , playing time: 52'
The electronic sound installation is available in stereo format for performance in museums, galleries, at events with electronic music and for open air events as a WAV file. The composition is structurally based entirely on π. It uses both π as a proportion in the large form and the internal structure as well as the sequence of digits itself (up to the decimal place 5,400), whereby the predecimal number 3 takes on a special position and forms the musical basis, so to speak. Consequently, this keynote, the lowest note of the work, sounds with 31.4Hz.
Since π is a natural constant, the composition does not use our Western, artificially equalized tuning system, but the natural overtone series as sound material. The non-cyclical, infinite sequence of digits of π symbolises the nonrepeatable flow of life, the uniqueness of every combination of circumstances, every living being, every experience, every moment. Formulas might be able to approximately describe or explain such relationships, but they can neither convey concepts such as time or infinity nor make them tangible. This is reserved for the arts and, in a different way, for spirituality.
Thus, the work attempts o musically raise the question of the nature of transcendence, even infinity, and aims to lead the listener to their own, non-everyday perception. In this context, there are also references - in the form of modyfied or alienated quotations - to composers of the past whose work is particularly close to this theme, as well as to the traditional Indian Raga Shree and text quotations from Giordano Bruno and Nikolaus von Kues.
Duration: 52'22" (3,141.9 seconds)
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