Having had several long and inspiring talks about sound, music, sound-art – and Wadden Sea phenomena – with Denmark’s leading electroacoustic composer Hans Peter Stubbe Teglbjærg, commissioning a new piece for amplified accordion and electronics was inevitable.
The process began with an intense week of thorough acoustic investigation and sound recordings: The accordion was acoustically x-rayed.
Hans Peter explains: In “Aesthetic Fabric” natural features of the accordion are enlarged (using close micing and sensitive contact microphones) to gain a new sonic identity of the accordion. Developed from fine natural overtones of “free reeds” into a web of overtones, focusing various spectral regions, eventually unfolding in distorted harmonics using amplified key-noises and high air pressure. The progression is guided by the idea of “spectral scanning” of several reeds that with the aid of electronics will turn the entire instrument into an imagined “hyper-reed” instrument.
World Premiere: September 2015 (Part One), Fall 2016 (Part Two)
Commissioned by: Open Days Festival (Aalborg, DK)
Supported by: The Danish Arts Foundation