Ljusskulptur

LJUDSKULPTUR FOR 5 CONTRABASS CLARINETS 5 QRAQEBS & ELECTRONICS. BASS / CONTRABASS CLARINET SOLOS

SIDE A:
1. LJUDSKULPTUR FOR 5 CONTRABASS CLARINETS 5 QRAQEBS & ELECTRONICS

SIDE B:
1. FRAMKALLNING 1, SOLO FOR CONTRABASS CLARINET 2. FRAMKALLNING 2, SOLO FOR BASS CLARINET
LJUDSKULPUR FOR 5 CONTRABASS CLARINETS 5 QRAQEBS & ELECTRONICS

When this recording of Ljudskulptur is now released, it bears the traces of a spatially related acoustic and visual event. I studied sculpture and painting at the art school Valand for 5 years in the 60s, and since then notions of space and spatial conditions are part of my artistic thinking. The 5 contrabass clarinetists are lined up facing the audience. Closely behind each clarinetist stands a floor lamp with a lit naked bulb. The five krakebs players are placed at the back of the room in relative darkness. During their five parts, they move to positions closer and closer to the clarinetists, ever more strongly illuminated, and are in the last position standing closely behind one clarinet player each. Facing the lamps, illuminated by white light, they become an inverted shadow of the dark clarinetists who are standing against the light. The five contrabass clarinetists create acoustic interferences that appear at different places in the room. This constitutes a main part of the piece, which in this manner addresses what is concealed, thus not what is being played, but that which is brought forth by playing. I learned about the krakebs during my studies of Gnaoua and Stambeli music in Maghreb. They are taken out of their original context here, and with a modified phrasing that conceals the basic rhythm. In contrast to the contrabass clarinet players’ long process that tends to extend or extinguish time, the five sets of krakebs act as indicators of different speeds of time. I want to transform my North African experience into an essentially different area of music here, without getting into exoticism or foregoing the original character of the instrument. The krakebs also provide a major part of the electronics’ basic material.

FRAMKALLNING 1 & 2
The two solos presented here are compositions / improvisations in which the composition directs the outcome of the improvisation and vice versa. The two pieces are partly one another’s opposites. The contrabass clarinet solo includes preferably long processes with surrounding parts of motion. In the seemingly motionless part that makes up the piece’s center, the musical material is seemingly reduced to an extreme, but opens up for deep listening towards micro movements in the contrabass clarinet’s long vibrating pillar of air. The bass clarinet solo is mainly constructed around rapidly emerging events of varying length, where areas of silence in between are as important as what is being played. How far does the silence spread out before the next event is there. The silence spreads out with different speed depending on the nature of the surrounding acoustic events. With the rapidly emerging musical events, I seek to achieve a kind of gap. The musical material in these gaps is confined to a relatively limited but constantly growing number of pitch relations and sounds, which I approach from different angles, and place in different relations. With this work, I want to achieve an advancement, a sudden opening towards a kind of; I don’t know what, perhaps towards what I understand as possible and valid music.

Christer Bothén, 2016
Translation: Emil Strandberg
Contrabass clarinets: Boa Petterson, Dror Feiler, Jörgen Adolfsson, Yann Le Nestour, Christer Bothén Electronics: Ann Rosén, Petter Westerberg Krakebs: Mustapa Benseyid, Said Belhaj, Anita Livstrand, Bengt Berger, Per Tjernberg
Ljudskulptur recorded by: Sten-Olof Hellström
Framkallning 1 and 2 recorded by: Mikael Werliin
Mix: Mikael Werliin
Inner sleeve photos: Yolanda Alonso Bothén, Nikke Ström
Composition: Christer Bothén
Cover Art: Christer Bothén
Layout: Lasse Marhaug
Ljudskulptur recorded 19 May 2007 at Fylkingen
Framkallning 1 and 2 recorded 13 Nov 2015 at Orionteatern

  • Release Date : not specified

  • Producer : Christer Bothén

  • Label : iDeal Records