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Published on Jun 26, 2008
Callithumpian Consort, Stephen Drury cond. Tim Chu, video
Xenakis' visceral score, Kraanerg (1968), was originally composed for dance. The orchestra of woodwinds, brass and strings is interwoven with a dramatic 4-channel tape which is derived from a recording of the orchestra, transformed and distorted. Its sonic textures kaleidoscopically expand the range of expression while at the same time remaining connected to the instrumental material.
In this video rendition of Kraanerg, instead of a dance choreography, it is a combination of the ensemble performance of the music and abstract visuals created for the tape segments. Visually, it is a choreography of reprocessed images of the performance through special effects and images of the symbols of life and its dualities: Water and fire, fragments and wholeness, calm and chaos, beauty and decay, internal and external, the transitory and the infinite...