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Wolff . Lucier . Schlothauer . Frey
Beats. Melody. Sounds. Melody?
Alvin Lucier, Christian Wolff, Burkhard Schlothauer, Jürg Frey
Jürg Frey, clarinet
In ,,In Memoriam Jon Higgins"
by Alvin Lucier, the vibrations of a stable clarinet tone meet those of
an electronically generated, imperceptibly upward sweeping sine wave.
The concurrence of these waves produces beats. They are produced
neither by the clarinet, nor by the sine waves. What happens here
happens all by itself: in between.
Christian Wolff discovered early on that every series of sounds sooner
or later takes on the character of a melody; that is, appears somehow
as a coherent movement. This ,,somehow" characterizes his music.
Somehow his pieces are always melodies.They are always derived somehow
from existing songs. And time and again there are noises which somehow
belong to them as well.
In ,,aus atem" (out of breath),
Burkhard Schlothauer is searching for the millions of tones one can
find between noise and sound - preferably static tones, which should
not exist as anything but living material. In order that these can
receive the same attention, there is space to forget before or after
Melody also continually springs up in Jürg Frey's compositions. lt
appears as though he is having a nearly silent conversation with
melody. As if he wishes to explain to melody, which would love to talk,
that it is ,,spoken by being silent". ,,But how", melody asks, ,,being
silent?".The composer leaves the answer up to her. She is silent by
speaking in silence.