Work commissioned by the Klangspuren Festival, Schwaz, Austria | Written for and dedicated to Windkraft Tirol
PREMIERE September 10, 2005
Schwaz, Tirol, Austria
dir. Kasper de Roo
My work on "Ephemerae" resembled a process of reconstruction of an incomplete work of art, found and re-discovered after many years or even centuries.
First I created a sketch of a hypothetical piece of music, using my older sound recordings. This resulted in a skeleton of work that by nature was incomplete and full of empty spaces. Since then, the process of re-construction began. I played a role of a "music-archaeologist" and sound-engineer, working on a sound-restoration project.
I tried to define a general set of features of a musical style, that would be used as a base of reconstruction, then started generating variants of motives and phrases that would fill in the gaps. In the final composition I used those variants together which resulted in somehow interesting heterophonic textures. I considered the final orchestration as a sort of approximation (an approximate timbral sketch, created with contemporary instruments).
Each reconstruction brings a risk of mistakes and misinterpretations. In this case, errors are built in the system and this is where the most interesting things may occur.