Magazine article Gramophone

Steen-Andersen: Black Box Music

Magazine article Gramophone

Steen-Andersen: Black Box Music

Article excerpt

Steen-Andersen (DVD) DVD Video Black Box Music. Run Time Error Oslo Sinfonietta / Hakon Stene Dacapo [F] (DVD) DVD Video 2 110413 (73' * PAL * 16:9 * 4.0 surround & stereo * 0 * s) Bonus material: 'Run Time Error--Behind the Scenes', a film by Ida Bach Jensen

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Simon Steen-Andersen (b976) is nothing if not referential in his concern to concretise his musical concerns, as the two works on this DVD make plain. Thus Black Box Music might be described as a 'concerto for puppet theatre', in which the box of the title is made a scenic backdrop for the soloist's hands to fill the available space with gestures that do not direct the music so much as provide a visual parallel. The outcome, with musicians providing an aural accompaniment alive with incidental detail yet relatively static in terms of overall evolution, is arresting if lacking in those provocations that make certain of Maurizio Kagel's theatrical pieces absorbing on repetition. Not dissimilar is Rim Time Error, a site-specific work where the composer is also performer--his instruments being the contents of the venue (the Black Diamond in Copenhagen) used according to a pre-arranged route; the results 'interpreted' by joysticks controlling twin audio channels and a double video projection. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.