126 Gallery present:
Four preludes to history: The symphony that’s beginning to end | Michael Karr
Exhibition: 19th Sept – 6th Oct 2012
Preview: Saturday 15th Sept, 7pm
Four preludes to history: The symphony that’s beginning to end
Four preludes to history is a bundled sequence of all of the preludes in Michael Karr’s newest work The symphony that’s beginning to end: a 16-hour-long comprehensive audio-visual recomposition of music history, which consists of 9,000 fragments of recorded music from 1800 BCE up to 2012.
The preludes, containing some 1,000 fragments, are layered in a dynamic sequence lasting 200 minutes over 4 chapters and performed by three musicians sharing a variety of instruments on one stage. Four preludes premiered from the 2nd to the 5th of September in SugarFactory (Amsterdam). These performances will be reconstructed as a multimedia installation in the 126 gallery space and the DVD will be available for purchase.
From an audio-visual standpoint, collage and symphony are so closely related that the one can serve to illustrate the other. Composed and performed by means of a spatial collage, this symphony gives insight in the progressive simultaneous production of sound that has been evolving since the beginning of time. We know that instruments have been around for more than 10,000 years, but the earliest (surviving) recordings are to be found on 4,000 year-old clay tablets. With time this developed to a standardized means of notation and somehow this has all logically spawned dubstep and several thousand other genres of music.
We now have to rely on academic interpretations of early music; before that, there is only speculation based on archaeological findings. As natural selection of art happens through destruction and conservation, it remains the question what will be seen as early music after another 4,000 years and how much will be forgotten; for the time being, explore it while it’s around!
composition, vocals, recorders, electronics, various keyboards and percussion
keyboards, electronics, electric guitar, flutes and percussion
violin, vocals, flutes, guitar, percussion
cello, vocals, percussion