Dorit Chrysler

Dorit Chrysler

Fracture 22

(2022, WP) 12′
commissioned by Heroines of Sound with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung

Friday 8 July, 2022
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»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.

Dorit Chrysler (born in Graz, Austria) first studied musicology in Vienna before beginning her solo career in New York in 2000. Since then, the composer, producer and singer has performed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and collaborated notably with Cluster, Adult, CERN, Carsten Nicolai, and Laurie Spiegel. Alongside a residency at Pioneer Works NY and a grant from the Knightsbridge Foundation, she has received commissions from MoMA in New York and the Biennale di Venezia. As director of the NY Theremin Society, she supported the release of the THEREMIN 100 compilation featuring 50 international theremin performers to commemorate the 100th birthday of the instrument in 2020. She is the founder of the Kid Cool Theremin School in New York, the first international school for theremin, and of the »Dame Electric« festival, dedicated to female pioneers of analog electronic music. Dorit Chrysler currently lives in New York.

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