Latin American Electroacoustic Music Collection

alcides lanza, ektenes III (1995-I), 1995
(Argentina)



Recording time: 10 min 30 s.
Instruments: For clarinet, electroacoustic sounds and digital signal processing
Recorded at: Studio SHELAN and EMS, McGill University. Montreal, Canada.
Remarks: Musée d'art contemporain, Montreal. Concert NEM / MusMix, February 7 and 8, 2002. Simon Aldrich, clarinet; Luc Maltais, DSP.

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- Biography of alcides lanza
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About this composition:

ektenes III [1995-I] was written for Jean-Guy Boisvert who premiered it at Pollack Concert Hall, McGill University, on October 18, 1995.

the tape part was realized by recording clarinet tones, multiphonics and short improvised sequences in digital format and then processed utilizing an Akai S1000 digital sampler and the software programs Sound Designer II and Audiomedia II in a Macintosh computer system. all pre-recorded clarinet sounds were performed by Jean-Guy Boisvert.

Repetition is an essential compositional tool as used by alcides lanza. The clarinet line encounters a first reflection on the sounds recorded on tape. Other 'repeats' are written in the score as mandatory or optional repeats. However, since the instrument is amplified, further echoes are produced by the digital signal processing, including digital delays and pitch transposed imitations. ektenes III was written for Jean-Luc Boisvert and is dedicated to him. the tape part was realized at the Shelan Studio, Montreal. ektenes III is an invocation for the man alone, surrounded by the myriad events of the cosmos...a contemporary aulos or imbubu player whose litany is answered via electronic and digital events/sounds.

ektene: also 'ectene', 'synapte' [Gr. ektenés: abundant, extended, to prolong]

synapte: Eastern China: a litany

litany: a ceremonial, liturgical form of prayer consisting of a series of invocations or supplications, with responses which are repeated a number of times.

imbubu: instrument of ancient Babylon mentioned in texts from ca. 800 B.C. It may have denoted a conical double-reed instrument.

Tape part created at the SHELAN Studios and finalized at the EMS, McGill University.

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