Latin American Electroacoustic Music Collection

alcides lanza, arghanum III (1987-II), 1987

Recording time: 23 min 12 s.
Instruments: Electroacoustic music
Recorded at: Composer' studio (SHELAN Studio) and McGill University EMS. Montreal, QC, Canada.

Other resources available:
- Biography of alcides lanza
- Compositions by alcides lanza

About this composition:

The composer explores the myriad transformations possible when samling materials of his own earlier [mostly vocal] compositions, with results to be almost autobiographical.

Primeval, organic, watery sounds, perceived as through a mist, floating, with remembrances of unclear events…faint voices trying to penetrate a thick veil of sound. arghanum [Gk. Organon]: Arabic name for a Byzantine organ, according to the writer Ibn Khurdadkbih [9th century] the word 'arghanum' was interpreted as meaning "1000 voices".

Realized at the composer's own studio [Studio SHELAN]. Some digital processing was done with a Synclavier II Digital Synthesizer at the EMS, McGill University.