Hurry up the machine – I have struck a big Bonanza
for Minimoog (WP of new version)
commissioned by Heroines of Sound with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung
Tape-Konzert (curated by Annesley Black)
»Fracture 22« explores the possibilities of alternative notation systems to translate the different timbres and microtonal clusters of the minimoog and theremin into the composition. As a composer who primarily writes for the theremin, in this piece, I connect micro-tonalities with minuscule movements of the hands, the ultimate goal being to expand and combine the timbres of both instruments. The hand movements in the air near the theremin’s antennas and on the filters of the minimoog create timbral modulations via different interfaces. These move between pure tones and noises with a fluctuating presence and resonance through the control of filters.
Annesley Black (b. in Ottawa Ontario, Canada) studied composition with Brian Cherney in Montreal, with York Höller in Cologne and Mathias Spahlinger, Orm Finnendahl (electronic music) and Cornelius Schwehr (film music) in Freiburg. She has appeared as an improviser and sound director in Canada, Austria, Switzerland and Germany; her collaborations with renowned artists range from film, dance and theater productions to multi-media installations/performances. Her works have been performed internationally by various ensembles including Ensemble Modern and hr-Sinfonieorchester. Among her many awards and distinctions for her work is the Composer Prize from the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (2019) and a portrait CD from Deutsche Musikrat, 2014. Since 2018, Black has been a member of the Academy of Arts, Berlin and the Canadian Music Centre.