• Lecturer in international journal

    14th of October 2016 · tags:

    Ass. Prof. of music theory Lasse Laursen has published an article in an internationally highly recognized and peer-reviewed research journal: Music Theory Online. The article analyzes the work of another Academy lecturer: Simon Steen-Andersen's "Double Up" (2010).

    "Double Up" is written for sampler and orchestra and thus looks on the paper as a traditional concert where the soloist is set up against a collective. But the music is in no way concertante. The Sampler's audio material is 121 recordings of everyday sounds such as razor, doorbell and breathing. The orchestra, however, has not an independent material but only imitates the samplers audio files. During the first part the files are used to tell a story, while they in the work's second part are converted to the orchestra; and sounds which are acoustically similar to each other are placed side by side.

    Most listeners will probably have difficulty in identifying "Double Up" as orchestral music alone on the ear. It is therefore the work's instrumentation is interesting. For how do you get an orchestra to sound like a car door slamming, a U-Bahn that accelerates or a beer being poured? In the article Lasse Laursen examines the strategies that are hiding behind the instrumentation, as well as the aesthetic and conceptual criteria underlying both the work and its instrumentation.

    Read the article here.

    The article is part of an artistic development project at the Academy: "Instrumentation methods in sound oriented composition", where Lasse Laursen examines selected orchestral works that have sound imitation as an essential part of its conceptual framework. The aim is to identify methods that can serve as models for instrumentation with sound imitation.

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